Raising Uncommon Kids: 12 Biblical Traits You Need to Raise Selfless Kids
Author: Sami Cone
Release Date: January 19, 2016
Publisher: Baker Books
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It must be confusing to grow up as a kid nowadays. The Internet, media, and all the things have so many messages of who they want our kids (and us!) to be. If a young person is not rooted in good values, it would not take too much to challenge their thinking of what is good and what is not-so-good. Selfishness, holding grudges, being prideful, impatience, and ungratefulness come so naturally for most of us (both kids and adults!), and it would be easy to give into a negative attitude at times when we don’t get our way. It would go against the norm to raise uncommon kids. This is what Sami Cone talks about in her new book, Raising Uncommon Kids.
“What you do has far more impact on your children than what you say.” – Sami Cone
What does it mean to be an uncommon kid? This is a kid who shows gentleness, forgiveness, patience, gratitude, humility, and more! Does such a kid (or even adult) exist? Probably not! As humans, we will never be perfect, but we can work for improvement and progress in how can we demonstrate unconditional love to those around us. Sami discusses twelve characteristics found in Colossians 3:12-17. Each chapter holds stories of Sami’s experience with one of the characteristics, and it ends with practical ways for us to guide our children in living out what love is to the world.
“Uncommon kids are not those who have been removed from the world but rather those who have been exposed to the world but choose God’s kingdom instead.” – Sami Cone
Two areas Sami writes about in the book that I would love to work on are gentleness and patience (what parent doesn’t!). I’m usually about the business of logic and productivity, so you can imagine how things can be around here since children usually aren’t all too logical or productive most of the time, mine aren’t anyhow. I do love their out-of-the-box thinking and creative ways, but some moments call for making sense and getting things done. You see? :p I need to work on this. As a parent, I am a main model of these characteristics and values to my children.
“It’s not enough to expose your children to how others live around them; it’s up to you as their parent to partner with them to discover ways they can lend a hand.” – Sami Cone
About the Author
Sami Cone is a (video) blogger, radio host & TV correspondent mentoring others to live their dream life on less and pursue their passions. As a frugal expert, she is equally comfortable sharing advice on screen as she is offering smart money-saving tips and how-to advice on her blog.
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