You Messed Up - That's Great!

You Messed Up - That's Great!

by Heather Dipre Hamilton


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My goal is to help parents and caregivers understand how important it is to honor and support our kids’ efforts to try new things—even if they fail! Life is not meant to be a neat and tidy experience—it is to be explored and used, trialed and triumphed. Too often, children and adults alike don’t try new things, even things that interest them, because they are afraid they won’t be good enough. Let’s start encouraging our children, and ourselves, to step out of our comfort zones and seek new adventures. It is time that we applaud our failures for what they really are—symbols of the courage to try. With a little patience and persistence, who knows what adventures lie ahead?

Your friend and fellow parent,

Heather Hamilton

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781948262026
Publisher: Toplink Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 11/13/2017
Pages: 36
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x 0.09(d)

About the Author

Heather Hamilton has been a student of metaphysics ever since a friend gifted her with a cassette tape by Dr. Wayne Dyer many years ago. This unexpected gift began to change her life's path dramatically and led Heather to dream bigger than she had ever dreamed before.

After becoming a mother, it became Heather's mission to find ways to teach her children about the dynamic power that is inherent inside each of us. Whenever she wondered how best to pass this wisdom on to her children, her thoughts would form poetry, with the words and rhymes flowing with effortless ease. Instinctively she realized that these poems should become picture books , teaching not only her children, but children around the world the truth of who they really are. Not knowing exactly where to start, she committed herself to taking any steps necessary to make this dream a reality.

This journey led Heather to a serendipitous meeting with Dr. Dyer one beautiful evening on the island of Maui. When she saw him walking by on the beach path, Heather ran over to him and exchanged a hug that began a cherished friendship. Prior to his death in 2015, Dr. Dyer became one of Heather's greatest teachers. She is currently in the process of creating a brilliantly illustrated tribute book titled I Am Light , which is based on a poem she wrote as a gift for Dr. Dyer. She is also planning to publish a book titled We Are All One, which was inspired by another of her great teachers, Neale Donald Walsch.

Heather presently lives in Huntington Beach, California, with her three children, Ryley, Kai, and Maya.
Together, they love to go on bike rides along the beach, paddle board in the harbor or grab a milkshake at the end of the pier. Frequently throughout the year, Heather and her children can be found in Maui, their cherished home away from home.

Though trained as a chiropractor, Heather believes her biggest job is to be a mother, and to continuously remind her children how amazing they are. "Dreams come true," she tells them. "Just watch Mama."

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You Messed Up - That's Great!

By Heather Dipre Hamilton, Stacy Heller Budnick

Balboa Press

Copyright © 2016 Heather Dipre Hamilton
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-5043-3493-8


As a young child, Heather Hamilton's daughter, Ryley, would get very upset when she messed up at anything — whether it was drawing pictures, learning to swing, or helping her mom fold the laundry. If Ryley didn't get it right the first time, she never wanted to try again. Desperate to come up with something to help her daughter, the next time Ryley became frustrated, Heather immediately shouted, "Did you just mess up? That's great! It means you weren't afraid to try!"

At first Ryley looked confused and didn't know what to think. But after several instances where she was praised for simply trying, Ryley began to proudly show her failures and mistakes to her mom. She became proud of the courage it took just to try new things, and like magic, began accomplishing things with a lot more ease and fun It was this simple, but profound journey between mother and daughter that led to the creation of this beautiful book.

Angelina sat down to tie her shoe. She made the loops, first one and then two.

But as she tried to bring them around, they came all undone, so she stopped and frowned.

"You messed up — that's great!" her mommy said.

"It means you weren't afraid to try.

The more you practice and believe in yourself, the sooner you'll be able to tie."

So Angelina practiced.

She practiced her hardest all day.

She messed up some more, but smiled right to her core, because she knew she was on her way.

Little Whale wanted to learn how to breach.

Her daddy knew how and was happy to teach.

He leapt up high and came down with a crash.

But when Little Whale tried, not even a splash.

"You messed up — that's great!" her daddy said.

"It means you weren't afraid to try.

The more you practice and believe in yourself, the sooner you'll reach for the sky."

So Little Whale practiced.

She practiced her hardest all day.

She messed up some more, but smiled right to her core, because she knew she was on her way.

"I know you can do this," her daddy said.

"Dive down deep and then jump for joy, my precious Little Whale."

Jonathan wanted to ride his bike with the training wheels off, like Uncle Mike

He began to pedal around and around, but started to sway and fell to the ground.


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