A word from Josie…..

A word from Josie….

The gift of imperfection.
It’s so hard trying to keep up with expectations. When I had little ones, I used to worry about millions of minor details. Now, looking back, I realize I must have been sleep deprived and nutty.family drawing
I have recently found the writings of Brene Brown, and have had an AHA!! Moment. It’s okay to be you. You are enough.

Brene Brown is a research professor at Houston University, who has spent the last 16 years studying courage, vulnerability, shame and empathy. If you have time, google her. She has a great TED talk. Also a good book called the Gift of Imperfect Parenting.

In the end, she says, it is only important that you do the best you can. Just move your children in the right direction.
If there is behaviour you do not like, the message will be: I love who you are, but this behaviour is unacceptable.

Give yourself a break. The most powerful moments in your relationship with your children, will be when you are imperfect. (ie: Human ). And your little one will be imperfect too.

Forget the ifs and whens. ( If only we had more money……, or, when he is toilet trained…..) Live in the now. Appreciate the good things in your child and in yourself right now. You will be so glad you did.
Oh, and take photos of the happy moments. I love to look back on mine.
It’s so fun being human.

(Josie King, Jumbunna Intensive Parenting Program)