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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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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.

31 of 33 people found this review helpful

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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.

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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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  • Timothy
  • ROSWELL, NM, United States
  • 03-09-15

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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Brene is brilliant

Would you consider the audio edition of The Gifts of Imperfect Parenting to be better than the print version?

N/a

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

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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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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.

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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!

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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!!!!

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  • Sky
  • ON, Canada
  • 10-22-17

A wonderful recording on mindful parenting items.

This is not a reading of a printed book, but rather a recording of Brene sharing her thoughts on parenting opportunities to nurture whole-hearted families. She talks about shaming, play, perseverance, faith, hard work, boundaries. Her personal life examples are great and illustrate her points well. I really enjoyed it. Wish it was longer, hope Brene will make more material on the subject of parenting!

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  • Maria
  • 01-25-14

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 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Nathalie Harrison
  • 11-13-17

Brilliant, informative and easy to listen to.

Brene narrates the book which sounds more like she is chatting to you in your living room. Very easy to listen to and very informative.

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  • 10-16-17

love it!!!

brilliant! I love love love Brené Brown. She's so wise, informative, supportive AND funny!!! I love her family anecdotes. I've listened to the audio book many times and it's a great way to learn more and get some needed inspiration during a difficult moment.

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  • Sybils
  • 04-23-17

Really good !

I enjoy listening to her, perhaps I just missed more stories or some not explained already in her talks about vulnerability. So good that feels to short.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-21-17

fantastic advice

Very good and valuable advice.
I loved the fact that the author describes her personal experiences.

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  • No Good Boyo
  • 10-15-16

Excellent resource

I've loved Brené Brown's material for some time, but this really hit home and has provided some terrific insight into my efforts with parenting and our relationships with our families of origin. It is accessible and easy to listen to as well.

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  • valerie farragher
  • 06-08-16

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
  • 05-11-16

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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  • Lunagirl
  • 09-24-15

So clear and articulate. ..

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

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  • Friendly animals
  • 11-27-17

Loved it

Brené Brown is awesome. a great book for parents. She makes some interesting points that I had not considered but definitely will now.

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  • Erica
  • 10-07-17

Great Wisdom

Loved it! This book is very actionable. I'm writing a letter to my mother now and I will be practising these things moving forward. Recommended!

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  • Kate Beeson
  • 09-21-17

Relatable

Listening to this grounded me with the thought that I am going ok as a parent. Easy to listened to and I related to a few of Brenè's stories. thank you for this.

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  • Kyung
  • 07-19-17

toooooo short

it's more like a podcast than a book. too short. concepts are helpful. i dont recommend

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  • Andrea
  • 03-20-17

the most perfect narration.

it was like she was presenting live. Verry engaging and enlightening. Looking forward to reading more of her work.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-21-17

Encouraging

This audiobook has been so helpful and encouraging. I'm not a perfect parent but I'm absolutely present in my kids lives and that's what counts. In 2 hours Brene Brown shares so many of her well-researched insights in a very real and personal way, leaving parents with achievable ideas for whole hearted parenting instead of the burden of perfection.

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  • Rebecca
  • 11-21-16

wise, researched & relevant guidance for parents

so relatable, doable and inspiring in the quest to live wholeheartedly and raise wholehearted children

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  • Pascaline
  • 11-12-16

great book

Where does The Gifts of Imperfect Parenting rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Awesome.

Have you listened to any of Brené Brown’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I really enjoyed listening to Brene, it was like spending a few hours with a friend talking about her kids and experiences and life.

Any additional comments?

This is the first parenting book I've listened to that actually makes me feel, like I can still change things around and that I am not a complete failure. I've recommended this book to heaps of people.

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  • Lisa
  • 07-04-16

fabulous love this book.

As a new parent all this helps put things into perspective on how to raise happy healthy kind children with great morals...really loved it. I will listen again. 😄