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Teaching children (and ourselves!) to be brave & lion-hearted

Posted: Apr 18 2017

I feel it is my heartfelt mission to inspire as many parents as possible to help their children reach their greatest potential. All we need to do to achieve this, is to remind them of their greatness, remind them how powerful they are and keep them connected to the core that we are all born connected to.

I believe that if the adults of today had been taught mindfulness in childhood, many of the world issues would be obsolete.

With the new addition of I AM... BRAVE added to the #HANAKO family I feel this is just the beginning.

“One generation full of deeply loving parents, would change the brain of the next generation, and with that, the world.” ~ Dr Charles Raison 




In this tough world where we constantly try to protect our children, it is essential that we give them opportunities to be strong, and teach them courage.  Bravery is a necessity in the world we live in. It is our job to help instill it in our kids.

Here are a few handy tips...

Lead by Example

Our kids’ prime examples of bravery are most likely going to come from you. Allow them to witness you stepping out of your comfort zones. Do something that terrifies you or perhaps something a little silly, to show them it is okay to be uniquely YOU. Show them that even you too, can overcome all obstacles. Even you too can think outside the square and break the barriers of society. When those moments happen when your character is tested in front of your child, show them the strength you possess to do the right thing.  Be their hero.


Amuse yourself and make everyday a playground! Throw back taking my then 2 year olds bike for a spin. Willow kept saying "faster mummy faster", so I really got some speed and rang that bike bell like mad.  Allowing my inner child ran wild and free!

Use Empowering Language

Incorporate empowering language throughout your day by encouraging your child when they excel and telling them it's okay to fail. Teaching them brave language can also be done through the use of affirmation and mantra (watch the video below for an example).

WATCH >> our nighttime ritual with Willow and Gigi using I AM... BRAVE

Validate Your Children's Feelings

Take your child's fears and emotions seriously, without overreacting or ignoring them. It’s important not to dismiss or ridicule their fears. Hear them out and reflect them back to him with words: “I can see you're really scared.” And then reassure them that they are safe. Offer comfort as needed, and demonstrate to them that there is nothing to fear but fear itself. A great way of deepening your empathy for your child, is by seeing through their eyes (remembering your own childhood). What used to frighten you? What did you find comforting at those times? Our own childhood memories can often yield the best information on how to care for our children.




Activating The Inner Child For Adults

“My inner child knows how perfect she is. I hold this child close to my heart and tell her how much I love her.” ~ Louise Hay

The keys to unlocking this treasure trove that is already within us are empathy and compassion. To cultivate these, we must become more aware of our inner child who is constantly responding to our past, collective history, the current environment, the speculations of future potential, the people around us, the city or country we live in, and the current state of affairs.


We must simply face the truth and allow ourselves to feel everything. This will help us to heal not only ourselves, but also others.

Using I AM... Brave mist over your auric field, pacify your inner child, and show him or her that these emotions are manageable if handled in the right manner. Observe the thoughts that pass through your mind and the sensations that rise and fall in your physical body, without any attachment. This may sound easy in theory, but it’s so much harder in practice. We are so tied to pain and pleasure that we cannot help but judge a thought or emotion. Do not be angry or impatient with yourself for this. This is natural. The only thing you need to do is be aware.

Honour and nurture the vulnerable person within. Just as you would to a child, offer unconditional love and gentle respite. 

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do.” ~ Marianne Williamson

WIN! A bottle of I AM... BRAVE & a Citrine Crystal. Tell us in the comments below what makes you feel brave. Winner announced via our next enewsletter so make sure you are subscribed to see if it's YOU.

Be brave, lion-heart. 

Rach xo

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  • Posted by Lea Anita Black on April 23, 2017

    I find I am brave when Im emotional usually as I forget my self consciousness and act in panic. Being self conscious as I am makes me cowardly but in a desperate situation I can forget that.

  • Posted by Melanie on April 22, 2017

    I feel brave when I acknowledge in myself that there is strength and beauty in vulnerability. I can then move throughout my day unafraid to show my sensitivities, weaknesses and self-perceived ‘flaws’ which allows me to connect more deeply with others. xx Melanie.

  • Posted by Tina on April 22, 2017

    I feel brave when I’m at most vulnerable and overcome my fears. :)

  • Posted by Hannah Waterfall on April 22, 2017

    What makes me feel brave is speaking out for what I believe in every single day (equality for animals), when most people consider my views to be wrong and try to shut me down. I speak out for those who don’t have a voice :)

  • Posted by Karen Poland on April 21, 2017

    Lovely article and so true about the inner child.
    I read recently that a hospice worker reported that the #1 regret of the dying is not having the courage to be oneself (because of pressure from others to be what they want). I feel brave when I act on behalf of myself to be the true me, especially when I feel the pressure from others to be something else. Oftentimes that means using my voice. Sometimes it is just putting one foot in front of the other and whispering to myself “go”.

  • Posted by Mya on April 21, 2017

    I feel brave when I take on new challenges and opportunities. The unknown can be scary but also intriguing, exciting… I love being brave and taking that leap.

  • Posted by Monique on April 21, 2017

    My purpose to serve others- I work in child protection and everyday I am out of my comfort zone. My purpose is to build and strengthen others and thats what gets me through some very difficult days in a harsh industry. I question myself all the time but I know that I am brave and can conquer my fears. My purpose makes me brave.

  • Posted by Jackie nunan on April 21, 2017

    I like to think I’ve got a great relationship with all my 5 children. I’ve always taught them to stick up for what they think is right or wrong and if they see someone getting bullied be brave and help that person. They have seen me overcome some major obstacles in my life and because of this I hope it will help them overcome obstacles that come up in there lives. I never hide any emotions from them they have seen it all. We are silly with each other and do stupid things that make each other laugh together. I hope I’ve taught them to be brave young adults and that it’s ok to show all emotions ?

  • Posted by Julia on April 21, 2017

    This blog post was fantastic! I feel brave when I face challenges with the love and support of family

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