Being Brave

What do you do when the voice in your head tells you youโ€™re wrong? You say something silly and the other kids laugh at you? You want to speak up but donโ€™t have enough courage.

Ellie and Alyssa have been best friends since pre-school. They worry about fitting in and being themselves at the same time. Itโ€™s so hard! Follow their journey in Being Brave, a novel and a guide. Available here.

The Being Brave Girls are inspiring girls to be confident and courageous.

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Kidtown Book Review: A Book about Finding Courage and Strength

Our thanks to Kidtown for posting a recent book review of Being Brave.We are so pleased that it resonated for the reviewer who read it with her 11 year old daughter. One of our goals for Being Brave, was to open up the conversation between parents and their children about their worries, providing tools not only for our little ones, but for ourselves as we bravely put one foot before the other. It’s an important read for youngsters as it confirms their feelings are not out of the ordinary, and therefore they’re not alone. Olivia Wilson


Holiday Plans

29 December 2019 Dear Ellie The very best thing about Summer holidays is not Christmas. Itโ€™s not Por Porโ€™s mango salad which she makes for our picnic dinners when the days are longer and we can sit outside. Nor is it the yummy sweet pineapple tarts she brings around every week for me, even though they are super delicious. Itโ€™s not even going to the beach, trying to find a spot on the soft sand that isnโ€™t already taken by someoneโ€™s colourful towel or giant umbrella! Last week I was at the beach, it was crazy crowded. Can you believe we lined up for 23 minutes by the ice cream van in the 36ยบ heat? I got a soft serve with a chocolate flake and I had to eat it at super speed so it wouldnโ€™t melt all over my hands. But I didnโ€™t quite make it. Yep, it got the better of me. I lost a race against an ice cream! So I am going to claim that not even ice cream vans are


Sky News Interview

We were thrilled to be invited to speak on Sky News’ Weekend Edition, with hosts Jaynie Seal and Tim Gilbert, about our journey in writing Being Brave. We shared with Jaynie and Tim how the story in Being Brave seeks to normalise self doubt and the inner critic that we all face when we are a child and also a grown up. The book provides a toolkit that can be a takeaway for the reader to help them be brave and confident.  Some of the tools we like are the shell to remind us to breathe, the compass to help show us the right way, a notebook for journalling for perspective and spending time with family to get offline. Watch the whole interview at the link below. Interview on Sky News


How to Tell a Real Friend from a Fake Snake

Often, when we think of a bully, we think about that big brute who pushes people around in the playground or that internet troll who spouts nastiness on social media. But the truth is, sometimes this kind of behaviour can be so subtle that you don’t see it happening before your very eyes. Thanks Girlfriend Magazine for sharing our tips on how to show a real friend from a fake friend. True friends are those who: help each other write each other encouraging messages show kindness see you believe what you say sit with you and stand by you Real the whole article here.


Encouraging Your Child to Be Brave

The last thing a parent wants is to witness their child worrying, stressing-out or experience being bullied. And with statistics indicating that one in four Australian students aged between eight and 14 years report being bullied every few weeks or more, strategies on how to be brave are paramount.  We shared with Kids on the Coast strategies on helping children be brave. Read the full interview here.