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  • Raising Children with Courage, Compassion, and Connection
  • By: Brené Brown
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  • Length: 2 hrs and 6 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (759 ratings)

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The Gifts of Imperfect Parenting

By: Brené Brown
Narrated by: Brené Brown
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We all know that perfect parenting does not exist, yet 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 precious time and energy managing perception and the carefully edited versions of the families we show to the world. On The Gifts of Imperfect Parenting, Dr. Brené Brown invites us on a journey to transform the lives of parents and children alike. Drawing on her 12 years of research on vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame, she presents ten guideposts to creating what she describes as "wholehearted" families where each of us can continually learn and grow as we reach our full potential.

"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," states Dr. Brown. 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.

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So clear and articulate. ..

Loved it. .. have now downloaded two more of hers. Such compassionate insight, and no unnecessary fluff.

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I loved this.

I'm very much a story person, so really I appreciated, and resonated with the many real life examples that Brené shared.

I'm very sad that the book ended- I finished it in a day! this was probbaly very surprising for me as I'm not a reader- I have little time with 3 kids, homeschooling, and studying a masters degree... So one might imagine that doesn't give me much free time left to sit and read, but a great, captivating audio recording means that I was able to listen while preparing meals & while driving instead of listening to the radio.

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Thank you Brene Brown

I am glad I found this book. You are changing our kids future, in a good way.

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Encouraging & Helpful

This book is hugely encouraging and informative & I would highly recommend to every parent! It feels like Brene is sitting across from you in your lounge chatting about her parenting wisdom and discoveries over a cup of tea. A must listen!

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Parenting with you whole heart

She never disappoints me. Here’s to all the parents trying to create wholehearted families. If you like Brene’s work you will enjoy listening to her take on parenting.

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Very insightful easy listen

I learned a lot of practical things to help me in my parenting journey into the future.

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Just what a modern parent needs to know to engage.

I appreciated the research based perspective but also the everyday parallels to cement what she's trying to share.

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Great listen

I took away a lot from it that I can apply to my own family

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loved it! eye opening.

great book, full of amazing concepts and ideas that helped me and made me think about how I am parenting.
all parents and parents to be should be reading this book.

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Fantastic connection and wisdom

I loved listening to this novel by Brenè she has so much wise research through her many years of focus and dedication and also bringing with her immense knowledge from being a mama of two

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