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A good article for where I am in my life in my 40s and parenting a teenager here.

I love this quote from Brené Brown’s book, Daring Greatly.

“When it comes to parenting, the practice of framing mothers and fathers as good or bad is both rampant and corrosive -it turns parenting into a shame minefield. The real questions for parents should be: “Are you engaged? Are you paying attention?” If so, plan to make lots of mistakes and bad decisions. Imperfect parenting moments turn into gifts as our children watch us try to figure out what went wrong and how we can do better next time. The mandate is not to be perfect and raise happy children. Perfection doesn’t exist, and I’ve found that what makes children happy doesn’t always prepare them to be courageous, engaged adults.”

Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes!

From someone who is a recovering perfectionist, this speaks right to my heart about how it is that I want to parent. I want to be an engaged parent, who makes mistakes. I want to live my life engaged and courageous and not afraid to make mistakes, and I want to raise my son to be engaged and courageous and not afraid to make mistakes.

So be it and it is so.

brene brown

I love Dr. Brene Brown’s Parenting Manifesto in her book, Daring Greatly. This is a book that I wish I had read a long time ago.

And you can download a copy of her manifesto here.

My heart says, yes, yes, yes. This is how I want to parent our son. What a different world it would be if we were all parented in this way.

This spoke to me.

Excerpted from the book “The Parent’s Tao Te Ching” by William Martin.

Alex started his own bedtime ritual — “making special wishes”. He asks us what our special wish is, and he responds with his special wish. I have to admit that often Mel and I aren’t very imaginative with our special wishes (we  normally wish that Alex will have a great sleep and wonderful dreams). Alex’s wishes range from being a crow to staying up later to playing with his cars. Tonight’s wish was to tickle his daddy.

“Grammie Rosie” has been visiting for the last week. They shared special wishes one night and Alex’s special wish was for “Grammie Rosie to stay”. She certainly will be missed by all of us.

When I was opening up my mother’s day card from Alex, which had his little scribbles all over it, he excitedly took the card away from me and “read” it to me:

“Dear God, please bless my mom”.

He then opened up Mel’s card to me and “read”:

“Dear God, please bless my mom again. In the whole wide world. The end.”

I had a bit of a stressful day today and he asked me, “You’re feeling sad?…. I know, I’ll give you cuddles”. And he ran to grab his blankie and ran back to me to give me the biggest cuddles in the world.

Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mommas in the “whole wide world”.

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