New website empowers parents to raise brave daughters

Girl empowerment website provides education on how to raise brave girls for today's world.
Mark Loewen, founder of Brave Like a Girl
Mark Loewen, founder of Brave Like a Girl
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Richmond - Virginia - US


RICHMOND, Va. - Oct. 17, 2017 - PRLog -- Mark Loewen, psychotherapist and parenting coach, is the owner of LaunchPad Counseling, a practice in Richmond, VA. A father himself, Loewen launched to inspire and educate parents on how to raise girls who face life with courage.

"We often think of a brave girl as someone who is fearless when facing the world around her," he explains, "But the key to courage is not to be fearless. A brave life is about being able to face our inner world. We are our own biggest challenge."

The website opens with a famous quote by Marianne Williamson, "Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure." Loewen goes on to explain that the key to raising a brave daughter is helping her become comfortable with all her feelings, including fear. "When she is familiar with fear, she doesn't shy away from it. She can face fear head-on," he explains.

The website officially launched in July 2017, followed by the weekly blog series "Raising a Brave Girl?" ( where Loewen encourages parents to stop "over-parenting." Instead, he urges parents to allow their daughters to make mistakes, and experience the natural feelings that come with negative experiences. He explains that when girls are not afraid to make mistakes, they are free to take risks and live bravely.

Mark Loewen plans to launch a children's book series, aptly called the Brave Like a Girl Series. His first book releases July 2018, under the title, "What Does a Princess Really Look Like? (" and is currently available for pre-order at

About Mark Loewen, LPC

Mark Loewen is a licensed professional counselor in Richmond, VA. Born and raised in Paraguay, he moved to the United States to complete his master's degree in Community Counseling. Mark started his work with children as a registered play therapist but then went on to help his clients' parents as a parent coach.

Loewen and his husband became parents through open adoption. From early on, they noticed the absence of representation of gay parents in children's literature. Inspired by his experiences with his own daughter, he wrote a manuscript, which was quickly picked up by the indie publisher, BQB Publishing. His book will be one of very few children's books that include a child with two fathers. The project grew to what is now the Brave Like a Girl website.

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