Practical resources and tips for fathers to cultivate vulnerability

Pastor Jimmy Bartz offers practical advice and resources for fathers for cultivating vulnerability
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Practical resources and tips for fathers to cultivate vulnerability

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If I were going to point fathers to a single resource around cultivating vulnerability, creating that spiritually authentic voice, I would point them to Dr. Brenne Brown's work, particularly the book, Daring Greatly. Brenne has a wonderful sense of what it means to be a fully mature person. She calls it wholeheartedness. And she enters that work through her study of shame. And she came to a deeper understanding of shame resilience, how you and I can become more authentic and more healed around the experiences or wounds of our childhood. So if I were seeking to communicate a single resource to dads around cultivating vulnerability and spirituality, I would certainly recommend Brenne Brown's work, because she has such a great sense of how power and vulnerability work to support one another, engaging the idea of working toward healing our past wounds around a practice of vulnerability is essential, not just as fathers, but as men who work and live and engage in the culture at large. So if I were looking to give some practical advice to fathers about how they might engage in vulnerability as a parent, as a dad, I would say, share with your children your experiences of frustration or fear or challenge in appropriate ways. Don't come home with the idea that you're the bullet proof, Teflon dad. But share the full range of emotions with your children. If you've had a tough day, you can say, oh, dad had a tough day today. This happened, and it made me sad. This happened and it made me a little nervous or anxious. Or I'm struggling with this idea.

Pastor Jimmy Bartz offers practical advice and resources for fathers for cultivating vulnerability

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Jimmy Bartz

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Jimmy is the founder and convener of Thad’s—a spiritual community meeting on Sunday mornings in The Writer’s Bootcamp in Santa Monica. An ordained Episcopal priest, Jimmy has spent most of his professional life leading communities in the work of making a love-spreading difference in the world that surrounds them.

His recent work includes studying the relationship between the outdoors and positive, psycho-spiritual health. When not in the office, he can be found in the ocean or in the mountains, usually with his wife, Cindy, or his two children, Jas and Jade.

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