Daring Greatly: How The Courage To Be Vulnerable Transforms The Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead by Brene’ Brown deals with some of the classic problems in parenting. Examples are resource scarcity, never having enough possessions, triggers of shame and the perils of sum zero comparisons to others.
Everyone is exposed to vulnerability frequently, according to Brown. The typical areas of greatest exposure include our personal relationships, expressing creativity without fear of making errors, or commencing difficult conversations on subjects we know little about factually or experientially.
Brown provides a plethora of advice to handle life’s negations. Samples of this advice include the appreciation of joy, which comes in spurts, redefining success when we fall short, and applauding an honest attempt at achieving something difficult.
Simply put, life cannot be lived wholeheartedly without developing strategies to manage vulnerability. Flight is rarely an option. Indeed, vulnerability can be a catalyst for courage and connection.
Brown spends some time exploring the needs of people. First, people need to be loved and they need to develop a sense of connection. In addition, each person has a view of self worth, which must be accessed, cultivated and confirmed.
Brown explains that conquering vulnerability has implications for raising children. She advises parents to teach children to embrace vulnerability and not run from it. Embracing individual vulnerability often involves overcoming shame, dealing forthrightly with the fear of failure and redefining success to redirect efforts to achieve goals at a future time.
Daring Greatly is an excellent parental resource for managing a plethora of very difficult family issues that arise frequently in the process of raising children. Indeed, the management techniques employed by Brown may be applied in just about every area of life itself.