Courage is such an important character trait in today’s complex world of choices that it forms the very foundation upon which a child constructs her personality. Here is a poem I wrote a while back exploring the struggle between Courage and Fear. (Click to download a reproducible mini-poster for your parenting classes.)
Courage & Fear
Courage first met Fear When I was still a child; Courage gazed with cool, clear eyes; Fear was something wild.
Courage urged, “Let’s go ahead.” Fear said, “Let’s turn back.” Courage spoke of what we had; Fear of what we lacked.
Courage took me by the hand And warmed my frozen bones; Yet Fear the while tugged at my legs And whispered, “We’re alone.”
Many have been the obstacles Since first I had to choose, And sometimes when Courage led me on I’ve come up with a bruise.
And many have been the challenges Since Fear and Courage met, And yet those times I’ve followed Fear, Too often—tagged along Regret.
Dr. Michael Popkin
Founder and President
Active Parenting Publishers