If (and by if, I mean when) parenting ever leaves you feeling lost, less than, or wondering just where to go from here, I highly encourage you to visit and revisit this.
This is The Wholehearted Parenting Manifesto from Dr. Brené Brown. It perfectly encompasses everything that I wish for parents and families, everything that my work with them ultimately aims to provide and support. I am honored to have the opportunity to impact parents and families for the better on a daily basis – to bring this manifesto into their reality. And I am grateful to Dr. Brown for putting into words so well what I put into practice.
The Wholehearted Parenting Manifesto
Above all else, I want you to know that you are loved and lovable. You will learn this from my words and actions–the lessons on love are in how I treat you and how I treat myself.
I want you to engage with the world from a place of worthiness. You will learn that you are worthy of love, belonging, and joy every time you see me practice self-compassion and embrace my own imperfections.
We will practice courage in our family by showing up, letting ourselves be seen, and honoring vulnerability. We will share our stories of struggle and strength. There will always be room in our home for both.
We will teach you compassion by practicing compassion with ourselves first; then with each other. We will set and respect boundaries; we will honor hard work, hope, and perseverance. Rest and play will be family values, as well as family practices.
You will learn accountability and respect by watching me make mistakes and make amends, and by watching how I ask for what I need and talk about how I feel.
I want you to know joy, so together we will practice gratitude.
I want you to feel joy, so together we will learn how to be vulnerable.
When uncertainty and scarcity visit, you will be able to draw from the spirit that is a part of our everyday life.
Together we will cry and face fear and grief. I will want to take away your pain, but instead I will sit with you and teach you how to feel it.
We will laugh and sing and dance and create. We will always have permission to be ourselves with each other. No matter what, you will always belong here.
As you begin your Wholehearted journey, the greatest gift that I can give to you is to live and love with my whole heart and to dare greatly.
I will not teach or love or show you anything perfectly, but I will let you see me, and I will always hold sacred the gift of seeing you. Truly, deeply, seeing you.
Who we are and how we engage with the world
are much stronger predictors of how our children will do
than what we know about parenting.
Showing up and engaging the world as the best version of yourself everyday is the greatest gift you can offer your family. Learning and growing as an individual or as a couple will ultimately result in even greater success for your children.
For a free, colorful download of the manifesto, visit Dr. Brown’s website.