The THRIVE Manifesto for Parents

Your time is precious. You need to know if I’m worth it, if you align with me. Because of that, I decided it was important that I tell you who I am–my manifesto. My THRIVE Manifesto.

I hope it resonates with you. I hope this year you THRIVE for you are a magnificent being!

The THRIVE Manifesto for Parents

We create learning environments in our homes.

We each are responsible for educating our children.

Our goal is not wealth but to raise inquisitive, capable children with perseverance and passion.

We teach through who we are.

We reflect, ponder, and grow.

We ask for help when we need it.

We do hard things.

We are creative beings.

We are learners.

We are beings with choice.

We show our children who we are.

We stop and listen.

We learn along side our children.

We celebrate hugs.

We laugh.

Our enthusiasm about anything is contagious.

We treat people with respect, including ourselves.

We set boundaries with toxic individuals.

We are mindful of our environment.

There is no right way, but many ways.

We never arrive –we journey.

We know our strengths and delight in them.

We are authentic.

We are vulnerable.

We act with integrity.

We collaborate.

We smile.

We encourage.

We give.

We love.

We adore ourselves and our kids.

We are not alone.

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I want you to thrive this year, and this blog will help you do that.

Download the Thrive Manifesto.

My word for the year is THRIVE.

What’s your word for 2013?

 Photo credit: Kenyaboy7 / / CC BY-NC-ND

  • Bernadette Grbic

    THRIVE is a fabulous word. I hope to encourage, nurture and inspire my girls but more than anything I want to smile, laugh and embrace all these fleeting moments. It’s so easy to get caught up in “stuff” – I want to get caught up less in all the things that do not matter and spend time with those that do – my family. Looking forward to growing and learning along with you this year my friend.

    • Melissa Taylor

      I hear you, Bern – let’s help each other be intentional and mindful of those moments. :)

  • LisaCrazyAdventuresinParenting

    Love this!

    • Melissa Taylor

      thanks, Lisa!

  • lily

    Hi I’m Lily. I think your blog is very professional and it looks great. I love it!!!
    heres a link to my blog

  • Gretchen

    This is great, Melissa. I picked “happy” simply because it was the first word I said this year.

    • Melissa Taylor

      Cheers to happy!

  • Vicki

    Acceptance has been my word so far. I love this article. Printing it up!

    • Melissa Taylor

      thanks, Vicki. I love your word!

  • Daria

    I’m not sure I’m ready to Thrive. My word for 2012 was Survive. I think the one for 2013 will be Emerge. I’m ready to emerge from my hibernation and investigate life, be playful and present, pursue new things, create new habits and patterns. Thrive will come in time…baby steps. :)

    • Melissa Taylor

      you had a tough year. So proud of you. Emerge away!

  • Jenny

    This is fantastic! My word seems to have chosen me “embrace”

    • Melissa Taylor

      I want to know more about your word– sounds wonderful!

  • Susan

    This is perfect Melissa. I’m printing out and hanging up. Not to mention sharing with all of my parenting friends.

    • Melissa Taylor

      Susan, thank you.

  • Jen

    I love this! One of my words for the year is nurture. This fits well with that. Printing and hanging on the fridge now.

    • Melissa Taylor

      thanks, Jen. Nurture!!!

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  • Rajean Blomquist

    I want to THRIVE! I haven’t officially outed my word yet. Maybe because I kind of forgot. Perhaps it should be Remember. Regardless, I more than like this post a little.

    • Melissa Taylor

      you thrive, girl!! You can remember while you’re thriving.

  • PragmaticMom

    Yes, yes. YES! Love your manifesto!

  • Lori Lavender Luz

    So many of these speak to me. Especially “We never arrive –we journey.”

  • Elizabeth

    Trust. And, I could have written this manifesto. Happy to find you. <3 Bless.

    • Melissa Taylor

      so happy you stopped by – I look forward to getting to know you! :)