Mom Interviews Her Kids About Courage

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Written by Sarah Newman

It’s always interesting to hear how kids think, what they think, and how they interpret different concepts and ideas. I decided to ask my three older kids two questions:

  1. What does courage mean to you?

  2. Tell me about a time when you had to be courageous

Their personalities definitely came out on this one.  My oldest has always been the cautious, non-daring type. He reserves himself, and usually does not go out on a limb.  My middle, daring daughter had the attitude of “oh, this is easy! Let me just whip out 5 stories!” And my third child, being the ham that he is, launched in to a story that made absolutely no sense! I had to ask a lot of clarifying questions.  

Here are their responses. I expected some long elaborate explanations, but after I received one word answers I realized that I guess this is just how kids think.

Reece, age 12:

Q: What does courage mean to you?

A: To have the power to overcome one of your fears

Ok, ok.  This is a pretty good answer for a 12 year old!

Q: Tell me about a time you had to be courageous?

A: When I had to cross the busy street by myself for the first time.

Ok! Not what I expected, but remember, he is my shy one. It’s hard to pull anything out of him regarding emotions.

Anya, age 9:

Q: What does courage mean to you?

A: If you don’t know a person and someone needs something, like at a restaurant, then you go to the front and ask. It is being brave.

Good answer… I feel as if a story is coming….

Q: Tell me about a time you had to be courageous?

A: One time dad gave me two $1 bills for the vending machine at Los Dos, and I had to break them in to coins, so I had to go to the front and ask for quarters.

This shows me that things like this make her nervous, but she is able to do them! She does this kind of stuff all the time, but I had no idea it took courage from her!

Jonah, age 6:

Q: What does courage mean to you?

A:  Working hard, not quitting.

Great answer kid! Now I expect an awesome story for the next question! Like overcoming hating to do homework!

Q: Tell me about a time you had to be courageous?

A: Yesterday at school, during snack...I mean recess. A friend was being mean to me.  We were playing basketball. He kept saying that we had penalties, so we could win. And I had to tell him to stop cheating.  

I had to help him with the wording of the last part because he just stopped at the penalty part of the story. Not exactly the story I was thinking of that matched his answer about working hard, but you can definitely tell he has lots of ideas floating around in his head regarding having courage.

Think of a few questions for your kids. Heck, even use mine! It’s fun to see what they will say, and gives insight to how they think! Let us know what they say in the comments below!

TemperanceSteven Markel