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These all sounds like great traits for our children to have, don't they? But just how do we raise children to have these positive character traits today?
Earlier this year, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend Winter Jam- a fantastic Christian concert featuring artists like Newsong, Jeremy Camp and Francisca Battistelli, along with speakers as well. Among the speakers at our local concert was Sadie Robertson. I had watched Sadie on Dancing with the Stars (her Mario Bros Dance is my son's favorite!), and already had a lot of respect for her and her family, but seeing her speak in person, that respect deepened. At such a young age, she was already so strong in her faith. As I watched her, I couldn't help but finding myself thinking that this is what I want for my kids. To have such a strong sense of faith that they could confidently live it and talk to others about it. I didn't know what her parents were doing to raise such positive characters in their children, but I wanted to know the secrets.
Apparently, I was not the only one wondering! In her newest book, Korie Robertson (Sadie's mother), gives us a little look behind the scenes:
In her new book STRONG and KIND: And Other Important Character Traits Your Child Needs to Succeed, Korie Robertson - New York Times bestselling author, wife of Duck Commander® CEO Willie Robertson, star of A&E's Duck Dynasty, and mother of five - argues that developing good character in our children is the single most important thing we can do to help ensure they lead happy, healthy adult lives. Robertson explores key traits and what they truly look like in action, asks readers to select the two traits that they hope to see most in their children, and shares hands-on ways for nurturing strength of character. Written with her mother Chrys Howard and featuring stories and wisdom from husband Willie, STRONG and KIND cuts through the contemporary cacophony of parenting manuals to rediscover, unfold, and embrace the enduring wisdom that has guided the best parents for centuries.
About Korie Robertson:
Korie Robertson, wife of Duck Commander® CEO Willie Robertson and star of A&E's beloved series Duck Dynasty, is a mother of five a New York Times bestselling author of several books, including The Duck Commander Family: How Faith, Family, and Ducks built a Dynasty, written with Willie; Faith Commander: Living Five Values from the Parables with Jesus, written with her mother Chrys Howard; and The Women of Duck Commander: Surprising Insights from the Women Behind the Beards about What Makes this Family Work, written with all of the Robertson wives. She is also an in-demand public speaker, Duck Commander® executive, entrepreneur and found of boutique Duck and Dressing, and philanthropist, who remains active with a variety of organizations that focus on children, adoption, and foster care. Korie lives with her family in West Monroe, Louisiana.
First and foremost, let me just say that much like the other 'Duck Dysnasty' book I recently reviewed, you do NOT have to be a fan of the show to enjoy this book. Again, I myself have a lot of respect for the family, but really haven't watched much of the show at all. But I still really loved this book!
Now, as a mother to a special needs child, I sometimes feel like parenting books just don't apply to my life. Parenting a child with special needs- be it autism, adhd or sensory issues, etc- is completely different than parenting a typically developing peer. I will be honest, I've found it rather disheartening when parenting books have said do this and it will work out- with no room for change for varying kids at all. So, I was thrilled to see that this was addressed. Noting that while children with special needs will benefit from the discussion at hand, the tools for us parents may look a little different. That may seem like a small thing, but as a mom with a child with behavior issues, it means a lot.
And I agree, my parenting style may have to be different, but there is certainly much to be learned from this book for all. They take a deeper look at the character traits mentioned above, sharing real life stories and encourage you to choose two of these characters that you really feel are most important to teach YOUR children. They chose strength and kindness, but perhaps you will find that honesty and humility are the two you MOST want to focus on. It then take a look at the traits that we as parents must remember in our parenting- truthfulness, realness, consistency and my personal favorite- creativity!
Like all parenting books, you may not agree with absolutely everything the book says, and you may not follow all of the advice given... but you will take something away from it either way! It is a fantastic resource for every parent and certainly worth the read.
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