Following in the Robertson's tradition of duck hunting and book writing, Korie Robertson ventures out in the market of parenting books. And a saturated market it is. Could this reality TV star really have something of value to add?
In fact, it was Robertson's celebrity status that nearly turned me away from this book. I couldn't have been more wrong.
While no parent is an expert, Korie Robertson writes (along with mother Chrys Howard and husband Willie Robertson) from over 20 years of parenting and raising 5 (soon to be 6) kids. What really sets this book apart is Robertson's belief that parents need to decide what character traits they want to focus on. Instead of a cookie cutter, one size fits all strategy, parents are encouraged to own their decisions and create a family culture. That's not to say that 2 or 3 character traits should be valued at the expense of all others, but rather focused on during different phases of family life.
The second thing that really stood out to me was Robertson's focus on parental modeling as a catalyst for creating culture. As parents, we can't just preach honesty, but live it. We can't just demand integrity, but display it. The focus of this book is just as much on the parents as it is on the children.
Other Character Traits explored include:
Although I went into reading this book with reservations, Strong and Kind will be on my nightstand for the foreseeable future. Convicting and encouraging, I'm sure to reach for it again and again. It ranks highly in a saturated market and I'm very glad I gave it a chance.
*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book for review. All opinions are my own.