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?

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  1. says

    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.

  2. Daria says

    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. :)

  3. Susan says

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

  4. Rajean Blomquist says

    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.

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