Abby is daring

Abby has a copy of The Daring Book for Girls by Miriam Peskowitz (in addition to her copy of The Dangerous Book for Boys). On page 82 she finds “The Daring Girls Guide to Danger” which gives a list of things that any daring girl should do to face her fears and push herself to new heights to inspire her to face challenges throughout her life. Here is the abbreviated list:

  • Ride a roller coaster.
  • Ride a zip line across the canopy of a rain forest.
  • Go white-water rafting.
  • Have a scary movie festival in your living room.
  • Wear high heels.
  • Stand up for yourself-or someone else.
  • Try sushi or another exotic food.
  • Dye your hair purple.

Abby has always had a strong sense of justice and readily stands up for herself and others. Number 6? Check.
Abby has a pair of high heel brown boots that were handed down to her from Chelsea. She readily wears these to everywhere but school. Maybe they don’t fit her school image, or more likely they aren’t practical for what I understand are very active recesses. Number 5? In progress.
Tonight Abby dyed her hair cherry red, her favorite color. She asked for this as soon as she read it in this book. Aside from it being a little costly, I honestly didn’t have any good reason to not do it. We went to my stylist and she used a food-grade dye for safety. It is absolutely darling. Number 8? Check.
Daring Abby
Everyone should have such a list. Abby is lucky to have found it, and I think it is only a matter of time before she starts adding her own things to the list to personalize it to her own needs and goals.


  1. We think it’s awesome!!!!!! But, um, I made the mistake of showing my three blonde-headed children and they’ve all picked out their new hair colors. So, thanks. Henry picked orange.

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