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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, 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.

©2013 Brené Brown (P)2013 Brené Brown

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    Filazafer Indianapolis, IN 06-06-15
    Filazafer Indianapolis, IN 06-06-15

    I am a social worker and I buy books that will help me help others.

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    "A very good refresher, but not her best book."

    Brene Brown truly changed my life. I will buy everything she does without regrets. This is not really a book, but more of a spoken word recording. It is good, but you will get so much more out of her audible book called "The Power Of Vulnerability." That is her masterpiece and it will explain the ideas presented in this book in much greater detail. This is more of a refresher and goes in more depth about how the ideas apply to parenting. like I said before this is a spoken word talk and she is an excellent speaker. And when I say excellent I mean maybe the best I've ever heard. She is very engaging and easy to understand. But, it's not just some touchy-feely junk like some reviewers have stated. Her ideas are backed with real research that she conducted herself. Like I said before she changed my life and I now understand what I need to do to make positive changes in relationships and parenting. This book is good, but it's not the best starting point.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 10-05-13

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    "You will add dimension to your parenting skills!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Since Brene Brown took TEDtalks by storm, I've been following her work. I believe this is a "game-changer" for lack of a better term. We can all improve continuously, and Brene's ten guideposts are to the heart and readily accomplished. I changed my communication immediately and I thought I was pretty aware of the top parenting skills. I learned! A must listen... a "hallpass" to have made mistakes and turn relationships around without shame.


    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Sandy Lemen 07-15-14
    Sandy Lemen 07-15-14
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    "Brene is brilliant"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Gifts of Imperfect Parenting to be better than the print version?

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    What did you like best about this story?

    I love everything about it. I love how approachable it is, how naturally she speaks, the personal stories she shares that really help to give context to the lessons. It's all just beautiful.


    What does Brené Brown bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I don't have time to sit down and read with a new baby (10 month old) while trying to work, fit in time for the gym, my creative hobbies, and of course family time. I don't believe I would have liked it as much if somebody else narrated. It's her life. Her stories. She speaks from the heart.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Gifts of Imperfect Parenting?

    As much of everything that I can. I intend on referencing it several times over the years.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope Brene has more of these to purchase in the future. I'm a huge fan....xo

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy. B. 08-06-15
    Tracy. B. 08-06-15 Member Since 2014
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    "I would recommend this book"
    If you could sum up The Gifts of Imperfect Parenting in three words, what would they be?

    Definitely worth reading!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Gifts of Imperfect Parenting?

    There was a story in this book where Brene Brown talked about how she spoke with her daughter about how her daughter felt like she was an "other" at school, and Brene communicated that she knew how her daughter felt and that she wasn't alone and it was OK to feel that way. I was able to use some of those strategies with my own 5 year old. It was incredible how well it worked! I will continue to use this way of communicating to allow my kids to be OK with expressing their feelings in a comfortable, empathetic, and non-judgmental environment.


    What about Brené Brown’s performance did you like?

    Everything. She's one of my all time favorite researchers and I thoroughly enjoy the work that she does. It's just so easy to listen to her. Her tone of voice and the way she tells stories makes you feel like she speaking right to you.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    How to get your children to finally be OK with expressing their feelings without judgement.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Willy and Christine 05-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Reads like a conversation with a close friend"

    This simple book forced me to reflect upon the ways parenting was modeled for me, and how it has affected the ways I treat myself and others. I read this book from the perspective of one who has been parented, since my wife and I don't have kids yet. Even still, it was not hard to relate to her many anecdotes. This book provides a safe space for parents to learn about areas they might improve without the use of shaming. This was a refreshing and encouraging listen, and I will certainly recommend it to friends and family.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy ROSWELL, NM, United States 03-09-15
    Timothy ROSWELL, NM, United States 03-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "good stuff all the way through"

    enjoyed the conversational way it was presented. well worth the listen. have a good day.

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    NBC 06-06-16
    NBC 06-06-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Fabulous!"

    I am a new grandmother and so wish I had heard this teaching by Brene Brown on whole-hearted parenting! But I am sure it is never too late!

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    Amazon Customer 06-01-16 Member Since 2014
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    "very good book"

    Great information. Must read for all parents. it gives you a sense of direction in parenting. I loved the real life examples used by the author to make a point. Very good narration. Hope there are more on this topic by this author.

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    April Waters 07-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Awesome Parenting Tool"

    I will read this again and again because it is full of awesome advice and helpful tips on succeeding as a parent!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    stacie ibuki FREMONT, CA, US 03-01-15
    stacie ibuki FREMONT, CA, US 03-01-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Exactly the things I needed to hear"

    I've been looking for ways to deal with some challenges my family has been having. She gave me insights and tools for those and more. I'm buying and sending this to no less than 5 friends and recommending it to many more!!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    1/25/14
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    "Great stories, great advice."
    What made the experience of listening to The Gifts of Imperfect Parenting the most enjoyable?

    I admire the author's work, and find her stories touching and very helpful in every day life. This book has really made me reflect on my life as a parent.Another point is that this book doesn't sound like other audiobooks which are being read, she sounds like she's talking to you, you can hear her laugh and you can feel that she truly believes what she's talking about.Can't wait to read another book from Brene Brown.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Her examples of her own life are funny and real.


    What about Brené Brown’s performance did you like?

    Her voice is so easy to listen to.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • valerie farragher
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    "fantastic ideas and inspiration "

    love the idea of having the time to get to sit down and listen to this book while I work and have it playing in the background with my children around

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  • AnneH
    5/11/16
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    "Really thought provoking"

    Although I have read Brenes work I really enjoyed this and found it very helpful. My only problem is that I wanted more insight into teenagers. I have teenagers who don't study but get stressed that they are not, as they want the results. Its hard to find the right way to encourage them as they don't want to hear it from me - and I have tried every approach! Maybe a future publication could address older children more? Overall a good listen and interesting delivery.

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