She is a Virtual Associate for a consulting company, serves in the National Guard, and is the mother of two amazing and beautiful little girls!
Ms. DeVita gives us some insight and inspiration on the value and importance of raising brave girls! Her story will feel familiar to many women and will inspire you.
Teach Girls Bravery, Not Perfection
Reshma (2016) covers a very interesting topic. She points out how it has become a societal norm for girls to be taught to avoid risk and failure, while boys are encouraged to play rough and are rewarded for taking risks.
And it wasn’t until listening to Reshma’s Tedtalk that I realized that I have always leaned more towards the “safe side.” Now, I can’t recall ever actually being told or taught that I should “play it safe.”
With the over-used excuse of “boys will be boys,” while girls are expected to “know better,” I think that in our society it is a common, learned behavior for young girls to strive for perfection.
So as a Mother of two beautiful girls, I will make sure that my daughters never feel like they need to be perfect in order to accomplish their dreams. I want my girls to be brave – in fun and in business.
So for now, I will always encourage my 5-year old to race with the boys at the bus stop and to enjoy standing in the front of class and sharing her picture, even if she did color outside of the lines. And for my 1-year old, since it’s never too early to instill personal values, if she falls, she is allowed to take the fall and get back up on her own without assistance; her Dad insists on it. He is constantly reminding me that she is just fine. What can I say, she’s still my baby – and I guess you can never be too old to learn about bravery either.
Because life is a learning experience, and how will you ever learn if you never make mistakes?
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