The Wholehearted Parenting Manifesto

Recently, I stumbled across this The Wholehearted Parenting Manifesto. Many of our regular readers know I’m a fan of a manifesto!

The reason why I love manifestos is because they allow you to define what’s really important to you as a parent, and help provide a really solid foundation for making decisions about raising your kids.

It’s your touchstone for raising your children your way. That’s why I created the Parent Manifesto online program.

Well, it seems like Brene Brown, the author of Daring Greatly, is also a fan.

She says this about her manifesto: “I wrote the following parenting manifesto because I need it…I use the manifesto as a touchstone, a prayer, and a meditation when I’m wrestling with vulnerability or when I’ve got that “never enough” fear.

It reminds me of a finding that changed and probably saved my life: 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.”

Here are a few statements from Brene’s 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.

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.

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.

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.

You can check out her whole manifesto here.

And if you’d like to create your own manifesto, check this out www.parentwellbeing.com/manifesto.

Jodie Benveniste

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