Tuesday, October 27, 2015

STRONG and KIND by Korie Robertson: Review and Giveaway


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Unless you've been living under a rock, I'm sure you've heard of the Robertson family. This Christian family owns and operates Duck Commander, and they share their lives with America through the television show Duck Dynasty.

My family is a huge fan of the Duck Dynasty show. My kids love it because it's hilarious. I love it because they aren't afraid to share their beliefs with us. Each week the show ends with them praying, usually to bless a meal, sometimes not, but always honoring God and speaking the name of Jesus.

When I was given the opportunity to review Korie Robertson's book STRONG and KIND: And Other Important Character Traits Your Child Needs to Succeed, I was extremely excited.


About the book: 
Hardcover; 240 pages
Publisher: Harper Collins Christian Publishing (October 27, 2015) 

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.

My Thoughts:
I have to start by saying that this book really challenged me to assess my parenting priorities. Korie talks about parenting with the end in mind - what values do we most want our children to have when they are adults. I know that a lot of times I'm so focused on getting through each day that I don't parent with the end in mind. I definitely plan to do a better job of parenting based on what character qualities I want my children to embody.

In the book, Korie challenges us to choose 2 character traits that we most want our children to have. She also says it's not that we don't want them to have all of these character traits, but we need to focus on the ones we want the most and the rest of them will probably fall in line with them. She offers a list of some traits to help start thinking about it. Some of them include
  • Honest
  • Loving
  • Patient
  • Gentle
  • Loyal
  • Strong
  • Kind
Then she takes a closer look at several of those traits - what they mean, what they look like, how to help build them in our children. She relates these traits to Biblical principles as well, which I really appreciate.

The last part of the book focuses on us, the parents, and what we need to be in order to help our children become what we want them to be. 

There is so much wisdom in this book. A couple of things that jumped out at me:
  • "Parents today spend too much time preparing the road for their children instead of their children for the road." (p.28) How true! I know I am often guilty of this. I know I need to be preparing them to be independent, competent adults, and I want them to be Christ-following, loving adults as well. So many times though, like I said earlier, I focus on the here and now, and not the long-term.
  • "Being perfect parents and raising perfect children should never be our goal. Raising children who believe in God is." (p.105) Amen! THAT is what I want for my children. 
I highly encourage every parent to read this book and to take the challenge to choose the 2 character traits they most want their children to have and start working toward that. By the way, the two I chose were trustworthy and disciplined. I feel like those are building blocks for all of the other qualities I also want them to have. 

You can learn more about Korie Robertson and her book STRONG and KIND: And Other Important Character Traits Your Child Needs to Succeed on social media:
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Not only did I get a copy of this book to read and review for myself, but I get to give away a copy of the book to one of you lucky readers! Simply enter the giveaway below for your chance to win.

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