I was blessed to grow up in a loving, Christian home where my parents instilled Christ in us first and foremost and then taught us manners and virtues that would last a lifetime. If you don't already know, I was adopted and I was not your typical adoption either. You can read my testimony here. I grew up with parents who set a beautiful example of parenting for me but parenting isn't easy and sometimes it's great to be reminded of what we are trying to achieve with our children.
We are also huge Duck Commander fans! To have a family that exemplifies Christ in all they do, that boldly stands up for Jesus and the Bible, and that can create a TV show that is very enjoyable to watch and totally family friendly will always have my support. They love adoption (and I do too), Jase and Missy's daughter Mia has birth defects similar to what I had, and my husband loves that they make duck calls since he used to go duck hunting before we left to do full-time mission work. In 2013, on a trip back to Alabama to visit our families, we purposefully stopped at Duck Commander and we all enjoyed a short stop there so much. Our kids still dream of one day getting to go back to Duck Commander and actually meet some of the Robertson family. So it was very exciting for me to learn that Korie Robertson had written a book on parenting called "Strong and Kind".
"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." - Korie RobertsonWhile this book is very well-written and quite easy to read, the content in it really hits home and sometimes will even hit your heart, emotions, and thoughts. Parenting isn't easy and several times in this book I was so convicted about what was being shared that I hit my knees in prayer to God asking Him to strengthen me, to change me so that my parenting would be continually in line with forming and shaping my kids to be equipped and able to be bold, courageous adults in all they do. Korie (and Willie) share very personal stories in this book that show you that they are imperfect parents just like us who are all on this same journey as we are trying to raise our kids the best way we know how using the Bible as our guidebook. There are 8 full-color pages of family pictures which are fun to look at too. I wanted to share a few things from this book that really impacted me (but if you could see the book, you would see it is highlighted & marked in on many, many pages).
(pg. 28-29) "The bottom line is that parents today spend too much time preparing the road for their children instead of their children for the road. When we take away all of the trials and disappointments from our children's lives, we're robbing them of the opportunity to develop perseverance and the ability to become mature and complete human beings."
(pg. 121) "We should take a hard look at our calendars to see what we can give up so that we'll have more time to do the important things and accomplish the goals we really want to accomplish as a family."
Pages 124-127 give "Tips for Being Consistent" and those little gems are something all of us as parents needs to be reminded of and actually put in place.
- Be Prepared for the Long Road - training for anything doesn't happen overnight.
- Circle the Wagons - Get everyone on board to help
- Your Kids May Not Like You - and you have to be o.k. with that.
- Don't Back Yourself in a Corner - Consistency, it says love and it creates security.
Thankfully, David and I have always been pretty unified when it comes to parenting but there have been those occasions when we weren't on the same page and it affected our family and our children in so many ways. Honestly, those times were usually because one of us (honestly, probably me) was being stubborn and strong-willed in wanting our own way or thinking that our way was better than the others Chapter 21 of "Strong and Kind" is called "Be Unified" and honestly, this would be a great chapter to be used in pre-martial counseling too!
If you have kids (or if you are planning to have kids), I would highly, highly recommend this book to read! Unlike other parenting books, this one isn't filled with big psychological words or medical jargon but rather it is filled with real life experiences, personal stories you can easily relate to, and the best parenting guidebook of all, the Bible.
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