The Wholehearted Parenting Manifesto


The Wholehearted Parenting
Manifesto by Brene Brown

Above all else, I want you to know that
you are loved and lovable. You will learn this from my words and
actions the lessons on love are in how I treat you and how I treat
myself. I want you to engage with the world from a place of

You will learn that you are worthy of love, belonging,

and joy every time you see me practice self-compassion and embrace
my own imperfections. We will practice courage in our family by
showing up, letting ourselves be seen, and honoring vulnerability.
We will share our stories of struggle and strength. There will
always be room in our home for both. We will teach you compassion
by practicing compassion with ourselves first; then with each
other. We will set and respect boundaries; we will honor hard work,
hope, and perseverance. Rest and play will be family values, as
well as family practices. You will learn accountability and respect
by watching me make mistakes and make amends, and by watching how I
ask for what I need and talk about how I feel. I want you to know
joy, so together we will practice gratitude. I want you to feel
joy, so together we will learn how to be vulnerable. When
uncertainty and scarcity visit, you will be able to draw from the
spirit that is a part of our everyday life. Together we will cry
and face fear and grief. I will want to take away your pain, but
instead I will sit with you and teach you how to feel it. We will
laugh and sing and dance and create. We will always have permission
to be ourselves with each other. No matter what, you will always
belong here. As you begin your Wholehearted journey, the greatest
gift that I can give to you is to live and love with my whole heart
and to dare greatly. I will not teach or love or show you anything
perfectly, but I will let you see me, and I will always hold sacred
the gift of seeing you. Truly, deeply, seeing you.

About Amanda

Amanda Viviers Is an Author, Speaker, Creative Consultant and Novice Mum. Author of three books and she can be found most days at her shack close to the beach writing her fourth. She writes daily at and has worked in professional musical theatre. She worked on staff at Riverview for 12 years, mostly in the field of Creative Arts. Finalist in the Telstra Young Business Woman of the year and Community Services Award. She has a Bachelor of Arts majoring in History and Literature and studied Musical Theatre at WAPPA. She is a presenter on radio across New Zealand and Australia and is the co-founder of kinwomen; a network created especially for women. Recent Winner of ‘2013 CMA Best Digital Media Project Award’ for her blog Capture life. She is passionate about social justice and in the past has loved supporting children in the slums of Thailand and Indonesia. Wife of Charl and Mum of Maximus and Liberty. She lives a creative life, longing to see people lived inspired.