Just recently at a local mall close to my home were riots and wilding that consisted of about 1,000 teenagers from various areas of our city. This greatly concerns me. In today’s world our children need us to teach them what character is. The dictionary defines character as: disposition, temperament, temper. When Family Christian sent me Strong and Kind to review I knew this book would change the way I parent my children.
Family Christian sent me a free copy of Strong and Kind to review.All opinions are 100% my own.
How are we teaching character traits to our children? Are we modeling in our homes the temperament we expect from our children? Are we having a good disposition with others? These are some really great questions we need to ask ourselves.
I believe these traits are first taught in our homes. When I received the book “Strong and Kind and Other Important Character Traits Your Child Needs to Succeed” I was excited to have a resource that could help me as a parent further instill these character traits into my children’s lives.
Character will follow them every day of their life. It will determine what kind of student, spouse, parent, and employee they will be.
In the book “Strong and Kind” Korie Robertson shared a family legacy list that her father would present when they would go on vacation. This list struck me in a good way, it had me asking myself “What will be the legacy my children will carry with them?”. Ask this question of yourself and see what your answer will be.
Some of the Howard Family Principles for Living that were my favorite in Strong and Kind were:
- Actions have consequences. “I am responsible.”
Too many times have I told my child that if they disobeyed they would have a consequence only to not follow through with that consequence. What does that teach them? We need to be fully intentional in everything we say and follow through.
- Have faith.
Life can be hard and we need our faith to carry us through the difficult times. If we can instill the faith our children will need they will be able to handle life’s curve-balls without compromising who they are.
- Be content.
Learning this trait is one that as an adult I struggle with as well. If we can lead by example and be more content in our own lives our children will learn to be content by watching you.
“Strong and Kind” is a wonderful book full of great wisdom. This book does a great job of giving examples of character traits and how we can teach and model them for our children.
We can raise a generation of children who have character and values, children who will be respectful and kind, yet strong and full of wisdom.
We can do it.
In a perfect world we would not see teens rioting and destroying property, fighting, and disrespecting authority. We can counter those behaviors with teaching our children character traits that instill value and life, even when they may be tempted to do things they question.
I will choose to teach my children how to be Strong and Kind. We need a generation of change.
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