The Wholehearted Parenting Manifesto
Sometimes it’s challenging to know how to respond to a situation. We are flooded with emotions and pulled in different directions. I love to use the document below as a tool whenever I find myself spinning in the cycle of trigger/response. Reading through it helps recenter me.
Print it out and post it somewhere you’ll see it regularly. Read it while you brush your teeth in the morning or before bed. Better yet, use it as a template to create your parenting manifesto by filling in your responses to the prompts below:
- Above all else, I want you to know _______. You will learn this from me when I __________.
- I want you to engage in this world from a place of ________. You will learn it when you see me ______.
- We will practice ______ in our family by ________.
- I will teach you _______ by practicing ________ with myself first.
Do you get the picture? This practice helps us shift away from their actions onto our influence. The more we can turn our focus away from our child’s journey and onto our own, the more we will regain a sense of control over our lives and truly begin to operate from a place of power. The most significant impact you can make in your child’s life centers around showing up as the best version of yourself. Stabilize yourself first, and then you will naturally bring stability into your child’s life.
Credit to Brene Brown.