Noelle is not as brave as her sister, but with the right push, she is able to overcome her apprehensions. In Rizal Recreation Center, where the youth camp was held, there is a hanging bridge roughly about 10 meters long and 10 meters (I’m guessing) above the swimming pool. Danae had no problem crossing it by herself, of course, while I kinda struggled a bit, getting weak in my knees when the bridge moved haha. Knowing Noelle, King decided to walk down with her, avoiding the bridge. We met downstairs to look at the pond and the other pool.
Walking back, I told Noelle that I was taking her to the bridge with me, to which she agreed. Her dad hesitated because he anticipated that she might get scared. I assured King that I’ll take care of it in case she does back out. I just really wanted Noelle to try it and not miss out on the experience.
And you know what? Despite Danae’s comments to not look down so she won’t get scared (which tends to freak a person out more haha), Noelle kept looking down as she crossed the bridge! I’m sure she was a tad nervous, tightly gripping my hand as she walked ahead of me, but she walked confidently, enjoying the view of the pool below her! I was even able to take a picture of her walking alone a few feet from the end after King met her on the bridge.
We are so proud of Noelle and she was also pretty proud of herself! She’s afraid of the silliest things sometimes, but at least she has conquered the ocean, the pool, Fun Ranch’s big slide, Sentosa’s The Luge Skyride, and now this bridge! Next, zipline!
Sometimes, we just need to let our kids try. Let us not second guess or underestimate our children. Let us not be the first ones to limit their capacity, or their imagination and creativity. Let us ENCOURAGE OUR CHILDREN TO TRY, whether it’s food that’s new to them or meeting a new friend or doing something different. Let’s help them build their self-confidence, and help them reach their potential.