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

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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.
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Published May 1st 2013 by Sounds True
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Mandie Mc
Jul 29, 2013 Mandie Mc rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: parents, grandparents
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 psychol...more
Adi
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...more
Laura
Some good insights on parenting here but also some things that seemed fairly obvious to me. If you're a fan of TedTalks, you'll probably like the format. It was an easy listen, but her laughs and stories seemed a bit forced. I imagine it's tough to "act natural" when you're in a recording booth.
Mike
Lots of excellent advice here for both parents and for thinking about how past parenting has affected you. I hope I can keep all of this in mind once I start parenting myself. I know my wife and I are both super-critical of ourselves and it's amazing to think how much that can affect others around us, even if we are not critical of them.
Bridgid
I love her idea that wanting what is best for children and shaming people who are making choices that are different from you are mutually exclusive.
Julienna
Higly recommend to parents, grand parents, and anyone else interested.
Jamie
I listened to this one on audio CD. Brown reads it herself. Time well spent!
Heather
Really great!! I am not a parent, unless you count small dogs...and it was still very helpful. I loved the examples she gave, I love the clarity and conviction that came out of her talk. Simply brilliant and helpful on many levels.

recommend watching (in order) her two ted talks prior.

I listened to this, and Mrs. Brown was the reader. She did a fabulous job.
Erik Batz
I listened to this on a recent trip and loved it.
Anna
Loved this a basically all her ideas.
David
Smart, funny , and practical. It helps me as a parent. Glad I listened to this one.
Sue
i listened to this book on cd...it was actually read by the author, who is an excellent speaker. she had so many excellent points, i had to stop and write some of them down. what i loved most were her own experiences she shared, about her children. very motivating and reassuring...i definitely recommend this book, even if you are not a parent...just as a guide to living healthier, happier life.
Christine
I didn't love this book so much for the "how tos." My style of parenting is not the same as the author's style. Im never going to use the types of words she uses, but I loved the messages, the beauty of being imperfect together, the validation and themes to think about.
Jamie
My name is Jamie and I am a recovering perfectionist. I love this for its simplicity. I love it for the big picture scope of it. Emphatically, FIVE STARS.
Ben
Excellent parenting book, highly recommended. Lots of great ideas about stuff like shame vs guilt; vulnerability; belong; and the fact that it's ok to struggle, fail, and not be perfect.
Rachel
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.
alwz
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.
Cynthia
I'm so grateful for this book, which I listened to on CD. Absolutely a must read (hear) for parents.
Tony Rogers jr
Awesome ! Funny, informative, and real .....i think it could really change lives
Kate Winsor
Good quick read! Many of the points she brought up were very helpful.
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Dr. Brené Brown is a writer, researcher, and educator. She is a member of the research faculty at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work where she has spent the past ten years studying connection - specifically authenticity, belonging, and shame, and the affect these powerful emotions have on the way we live, love, parent, work and build relationships.

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