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STRONG and KIND: And Other Important Character Traits Your Child Needs to Succeed, by Korie Robertson
It’s never been more important to teach your children well.
What America needs today are parents who don’t just say they value these virtues, but who live them and passionately and boldly teach them to their children. It’s up to me and you and every parent in America to make the necessary changes to give our children the opportunity to change the world. We do that by instilling good character traits in them so that they will be capable of being the adults our world needs.
Many parents want to see positive character traits in their children, but wonder how to instill them. As stars of the hit reality-TV show Duck Dynasty, Korie and Willie Robertson receive loads of letters and messages from fans asking how they’ve raised such good kids. As they will tell you, it isn’t always easy, but raising kids with good character is possible.
A straightforward, practical approach to parenting, STRONG and KIND helps you identify the character traits you want to see in your children and gives you the tools for putting them in place. Besides strength and kindness, other character traits include Self-Control, Honesty, Compassion Patience, Joyfulness, Loyalty, and Humility.
By modeling positive traits, with confidence, consistency, creativity, unity, and in truth and love, you can increase the chances of your kids catching on. At the end of the day, the Duck Dynasty stars say the most important thing you can do for your children is what they do at the end of every episode: hand them over to God in prayer.
What Legacy Will You Pass Down To The Next Generation?
After being a parent for twenty years, I have come to believe that the most important thing for parents to decide more important than bottle or breastfeeding, more important than co-sleeping or sleep training, and even more important than whether to put your child in daycare or become a stay-at-home parent is what values are important to your family and how you will go about instilling those values in your children.
In STRONG and KIND Korie Robertson with the help of her mom, Chrys Howard, and with insights and stories from her husband, Willie introduces nine character traits that children need in order to lead a successful life. And though there are no perfect parents or perfect children, Korie shares principles based on biblical wisdom and time-tested practices that will help you parent your own one-of-a-kind child.
3.5 Stars: I was given a copy of this book by the publishers for an honest review.
I would have never picked up this book. Never in a million years. The reason for that? I think parenting is personal for everyone. No one is right when it comes to parenting. Sure, some people do it better than others. But I would never dole out parenting advice to someone, not even my close friends.
But after reading this book and getting a feel for how Korie and Willie speak and act. They practice what they preach. They don’t say, do as I say not as I do. Kids mimic our every move, good, bad, and ugly. If we live by the standards we want our kids to have, they will mirror that.
Korie sets us up with a list of qualities, but write your own. And pick two to focus on. I picked Independence and Loyal. Those are the two qualities I need to focus on and exemplify for my children. But always keep the other qualities close at hand too.
There is a lot of common sense parenting skills there too. Like letting your kids fail, or letting them feel disappointment. Don’t pad everything with rainbows and unicorns. Failure is good, it teaches the kids how to cope. This book is loaded with good advice, but the people who need this book aren’t going to read it. That’s the sad part.
Korie talks about her relationship with Willie, that she works on it, it’s a job. I couldn’t agree more. If you show your children that you love and respect your spouse, they will do the same. And they will thrive on the love you have for your spouse.
The wisdom and stories from Willie were a nice touch and made it seem less preachy. More personable. I would recommend this book to any Christian parent. You will not be disappointed.
Review by Amy Garnet
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Buy It: STRONG and KIND: And Other Important Character Traits Your Child Needs to Succeed is available on Amazon.