The Gifts of Imperfect Parenting: Raising Children with Courage, Compassion, and Connection

The Gifts of Imperfect Parenting Raising Children with Courage Compassion and Connection We all know that perfect parenting does not exist however we still struggle with the social expectations that teach us that being imperfect is synonymous with being inadequate These messages are powe

  • Title: The Gifts of Imperfect Parenting: Raising Children with Courage, Compassion, and Connection
  • Author: Brené Brown
  • ISBN: 9781604079739
  • Page: 449
  • Format: Audio CD
  • We all know that perfect parenting does not exist however, we still struggle with the social expectations that teach us that being imperfect is synonymous with being inadequate These messages are powerful and we end up spending too much precious time and energy managing perception and creating carefully edited versions of families to show to the world Based on 12 yearsWe all know that perfect parenting does not exist however, we still struggle with the social expectations that teach us that being imperfect is synonymous with being inadequate These messages are powerful and we end up spending too much precious time and energy managing perception and creating carefully edited versions of families to show to the world Based on 12 years of pioneering research, Dr Brene Brown off ers a new perspective of the subject of perfect parenting She states, It s actually our ability to embrace imperfection that will help us teach our children to have the courage to be authentic, the compassion to love themselves and others, and the sense of connection that gives true purpose and meaning to life Dr Brown proposes that the greatest challenge of wholehearted parenting is being the adult that we want our children to grow up to be The Gifts of Imperfect Parenting is a practical and hopeful program for raising children who know that they are worthy of love, belonging, and joy Drawing on her research on vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame, Dr Brown invites listeners on a journey to transform the lives of parents and children alike as we explore how to cultivate wholeheartedness in our families.

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    1. If you have children, go buy or borrow this book. Like, now. This two-hour audiobook reads more like a workshop by author/narrator Brené Brown. Broken down into simple "guideposts" and with a very friendly, conversational tone, The Gifts of Imperfect Parenting is refreshingly optimistic and realistic. As Dr. Brown says, it's never too late for wholehearted parenting. My favorite thing about this book is that it's not just the advice of some parenting guru. It's not a lot of theory from a psycho [...]

    2. I enjoyed this and it got me thinking about how I view myself and the world around me. I really liked the part about home being a safe space to feel included, silly, and vulnerable.

    3. I have read/listened to a lot of Brene's work. This touched me in a way that nothing else has. A must read (listen) for all parents. I feel more responsible for my failings as a parent and yet hopeful for the opportunity I have to parent better than I was parented. Somehow I became acutely aware of my role as a parent. I cried hard a couple of times, but the message was hopeful and in the end I feel capable and grateful for all the personal work I have done and the possibility of passing that on [...]

    4. I read a few Brené Brown books this year (three, I think) and I definitely have thoughts on them. I'm going to try save those thoughts for where they're more relevant, but overall I don't really like her message very much. I think what she has to say is very interesting, and I believe a lot of the points she makes, but I draw basically the opposite conclusions. She is all about "You are enough," and I find that phrase repugnant because to me it is a collapse or a compromise or a surrender on wh [...]

    5. Every parent (I would even suggest this to educators, caregivers, anyone who influences youth) should listen to this audio book! It doesn't matter if you are expecting your first child or have teenagers- it is well worth your time. It opened up great insight on my own behaviors and what research shows my struggles with perfectionism and vulnerability will ultimately do to my own children. She relates the research to her own family and is very honest and transparent about her struggles as a paren [...]

    6. Definitely a book I recommend to parents. The lessons about shame vs. guilt are so important to be aware of as parents that you not only learn about parenting your own children, but you also might start to understand why your parents parented the way they did. I am certain most of us would have been parented and educated in different ways if only our parents knew all the stuff we know now. Vulnerability is another important part Brene Brown is talking about. Some of the anecdotes seem a bit stag [...]

    7. Not just for parents. Brene (it's so easy to call her by her first name, isn't it?) tells you why your parents did some of the things they did, and why siblings do know where to hit you the hardest. For any age child of any parent. There are gems in her words, as always. It's not too late to change how you relate to your family.

    8. Love her. I did this as an audio book - and I would recommend it as the way to go. Brene does the narration, and she gives it almost as a presentation - like her well-regarded TED talk. It's short, but there's a lot to absorb. I'll be listening to it again.

    9. Brene never lets me down. I loved listening to her talk- it felt like we were having a conversation. There is so much great advice in this book!!! It's a must read for parents!

    10. I really wasn't sure I was going to like this. It's more a lecture or a talk than a book. And though at times I was annoyed by yet another anecdote about her kids, they really did drive home the points she was making and made them more relatable. I really got s lot out of this. Will be listening to this again.

    11. This had so many important thoughts, that while I listened to it I had to stop repeatedly and type out quotes to go back to and meditate on later. Well worth the two hour listen.

    12. This was a quick book to read with some sound advice about parenting. A good recommendation for any parent.

    13. This 2 hour audio book is fantastic. Well with your time for some thought provoking talk about how to raise children- this is down to earth, realistic and applicable.

    14. I think the title is kind of misleading. This is not going to tell you how your imperfect parenting is helping your kid (that's what I was hoping for!). It is going to tell you that it's ok that you're evolving into life and learning WITH your child, as the parent. We don't get it all figured out then pop out the kids, we grow all our lives. I've listened to this audiobook 4 times or so. It's short. It's more like a podcast than reading a book. My take-aways other than the affirmation I've alrea [...]

    15. I really really liked this book and would recommend it to any parent. It's one I will revisit again and again as my kids and I grow up.

    16. I bought this as an audiobook, but I am not sure it counts as a book, since it isn't available in print form. I would call it a lecture or a seminar. Either way, I love Brene Brown. After a 15 minute TED talk and this 2+ hour listen, I am hooked. Her research and advice make sense to me. This book is about how to be "whole-hearted", starting with a base of creating an environment of belonging for our children. It touches on perfectionism, vulnerability, gratitude, hope, etc. The author reads the [...]

    17. Mostly repeat of what she says in the other books: "We can’t raise children who are more shame-resilient than we are. We can’t give then what we don’t have. So in many ways, parenting is about making a journey with our children toward wholeheartedness. And it’s about learning and growing alongside them." Importance of being mindful about the relationships between siblings. Siblings know exactly what hurts each other. They see the struggles. They are witnesses to our best moment and the m [...]

    18. Quick listen. The parts that I particularly connected with were the shame/guilt distinction (and the extent to which the child's pre-disposition to one or the other affects their choices as they get older), the idea of making home a safe place (and enforcing that kindness between siblings), and the idea that you can't teach your kids to be better at life than you are (so you need to keep growing yourself, and it's okay for them to see that). I could imagine listening to this regularly.

    19. I liked this but had already heard most of this because of the other books I've read of hers. But if you have not read any of her other books then yes get this book!

    20. This was an audiobook that I purchased from audible (I dont know if you can get it anywhere else). Like all Brene Brown literature, you have to take it in small, dense portions because pretty much EVEYTHING she talks about is relevant and good. Here's an excerpt from the description and I feel it definitely gives you a sense of the book. "We all know that perfect parenting does not exist; however, we still struggle with the social expectations that teach us that being imperfect is synonymous wit [...]

    21. I cannot say more about Brene Brown and her insights on shame and vulnerability. She is remarkable for the work she has done and for communicating her findings to the rest of us to help us understand why we react the way we do to the many experiences of our lives. In this instance, she speaks to how we behave as parents, why we react the way we do emotionally to our children, and why our children are reacting the way they do in their experiences. She offers some awesome insights as to how we as [...]

    22. I started this book feeling desperate to become a better parent. I have 3 children and until a year ago I was a single mom. So at times (a lot of the time) I felt overwhelmed about the work involved. I mean it's not just feeding and clothing a person until they grow up, but your responsible for teaching them to become good productive people! I was not raised in a very loving environment to complicate matters! This book talked about some basic things, but gave you application with it. But also ta [...]

    23. I have only listened to the CD version of this book, but it is WONDERFUL! I love so very, very many things this woman says. She is so real in her examples. Of all the parenting books I have read recently, this one rings more true and more life-changing. I feel what she says in how we teach our children about shame, vulnerability, and hope and whole heartedness makes me want to be a better parent. I'm relistening to it several times because that's how much I want to engrain what she says so I can [...]

    24. I LOVED this. I'm not into audiobooks, but I just loved hearing Brene's narration. If you've read her books, a lot of this will be familiar. I still think it's important, especially if you're a parent. She takes her guideposts and applies them directly to parenting, giving real-life examples of her own family. Some reviewers found her anecdotes 'annoying'; I found them to be refreshing and authentic. I will read (or listen) and love anything Brene puts out. I look forward to delving more into th [...]

    25. A must read for all parents Inadvertently we shame our children and give them lifelong traumas, not because we're mean and horrible parents, but because we adhere to social and cultural conditioning, believing that we do only what is right. Brene explains in simple terms with real life examples how to effectively deal with every day situations with nurture and love - how to discipline behaviour without attacking the person. I'm making my kids listen to it as well.

    26. It doesn't matter if you are a new parent or a veteran mom of 6, whether you have toddlers or adolescents, or grown adults for children, this has great parenting advice for all stages. It's not a "step-by-step" advice guide for dealing with conflicts; it is more of a guide to a mindset and way of living that will enhance your parenting skills. I like how Dr. Brown uses examples and stories from her own personal parenting experiences to help explain the different concepts.

    27. Practically perfect. A must read for parents who want to navigate parenthood with slightly lower blood pressure and to rest easy over our imperfection. Dig into concepts like shame vs guilt, vulnerability, worthiness, perfection and keeping the "Culture of Cool" out of your house. A reminder that if one wants his or her children to love and honor themselves, it's important to lead by example. Loved every second of this.

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