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Teach your teens to be BRAVE!

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My daily Mary Engelbreit calendar for January 9, 2014, gives the anonymous quote: “It’s easy to stand with a crowd. It takes courage to stand alone.” How true is that concept? How often do we try to encourage our teenagers to do that very thing, and yet the vast majority of society makes it feel impossible to do so? We need to teach our teens to be BRAVE!

Wednesday night was the People’s Choice Ceremony, and I was privileged enough to listen to a young woman, Sara Bareilles, belt out her song called, “Brave”. It was amazing!! First and foremost, you need to get ahold of a recording of the song and listen to it, but until then, just read the first verses of her song, “Brave”:

You can be amazing
You can turn a phrase into a weapon or a drug
You can be the outcast
Or be the backlash of somebody’s lack of love
Or you can start speaking up
Nothing’s gonna hurt you the way that words do
When they settle ‘neath your skin
Kept on the inside and no sunlight
Sometimes a shadow wins
But I wonder what would happen if you

Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

With what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I wanna see you be brave

I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I just wanna see you
I wanna see you be brave

Everybody’s been there,
Everybody’s been stared down by the enemy
Fallen for the fear
And done some disappearing,
Bow down to the mighty
Don’t run, just stop holding your tongue
Maybe there’s a way out of the cage where you live
Maybe one of these days you can let the light in
Show me how big your brave is

Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

With what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

And since your history of silence
Won’t do you any good,
Did you think it would?
Let your words be anything but empty

Why don’t you tell them the truth?

These lyrics follow exactly with the concept that, “It takes courage to stand alone”! We adults can lecture and tell stories of our own teenage years, but hearing this significant message from a younger person who is closer to their age is more likely to encourage teens to listen and hopefully learn to be “BRAVE” enough. Our job is to be there forthem when they ask for support.

“Brave.” Sara Bareilles. Performed January 8, 2014. People’s Choice Awards

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