To quote Reshma Saujani...

“I think it’s important to see bravery as something not outside of our girls but something that can be cultivated within them.”

Teach our kids to be brave.

We got to chat with the brilliant and fabulous Reshma Saujani, founder and CEO of Girls Who Code (and the woman who gave us that amazing quote?) all about bravery. How can we teach our daughters to be brave, instead of perfect? Hint: It starts with us.

Embody bravery.

Ever think negatively about your body? Yes times a million? Let’s change that. Mama of four Franziska Foerster inspires us to be kind to our bodies in her beautiful essay. So next time we catch a glimpse of our stretch marks, let’s thank them for all the love they’ve brought into our world. Deal? ?

Be brave at work. Speak up for parental leave.

Michelle Meyer, founder and CEO of Emissaries (a recruiting agency specializing in filling parental leaves) schools us on current parental leave policies and why we can do (much!) better. Did you know that 1 in every 4 employed mothers return to work within two weeks of childbirth? Unacceptable. Together, we can (and will) demand better policies. ?

Be brave in love + marriage.

Writer Kristin Shaw eloquently compares marriage with kids to her junk drawer, and it has us nodding right along. We’re busy, tired, and overworked—and so are our partners. But, we’re in this together. It’s not always easy, but when we tend to our marriages, we all win. ?

Don’t forget!

Real friends follow each other on Facebook + Instagram.

Get out there, and show ‘em how it’s done, ladies.