A Parenting Manifesto

Dr. Brene Brown is an award-winning author, professor, and researcher and mother who has spent much of her career studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy. She has written and published 8 books, engaged in multiple Ted Talks, has done countless interviews, and has even shared some inspirational articles in British Vogue

Dr. Brene Brown’s interests are typically relatable to the individual struggles of a person, yet in a 2013 conversation with Oprah, Dr. Brown read a segment of her book, Daring Greatly, where she spoke on what she strives to share with her children as a parent. 

While this Parenting Manifesto, as Dr. Brown calls it, is more than 6 years old, it remains relevant today. She encourages every parent to create their own parenting manifesto in their household. 

Here are 8 ways she works toward being the best parent she can be toward her children everyday:

  1. The lessons of love will be taught in how she treats herself.
  2. The practice of courage will be in showing up and honoring vulnerability.
  3. She will aim to share stories of struggle and strength, always making an effort to leave room for both.
  4. To teach her children compassion, she will work to practice compassion with herself first.
  5. She will work to teach them joy by practicing gratitude with her children.
  6. Encouragement to feel joy and teaching them how to be vulnerable will be honored in the house.
  7. Teaching them how to feel pain instead of trying to take it away will be another focus in their upbringing.
  8. Finally, understanding that she will never teach, love, or do anything perfectly, but instead will work to let her children see her and work to deeply and truly see them for who they are.

Written By: Jasmine Tyson