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Parenting. Like, Wow…
I’ve said since my daughter was a baby that being a parent
is the most wonderful and most terrible thing I’ve ever done. This person… my
little person to hold and love and worry over and pray for… she’s my greatest responsibility
and my greatest treasure in one completely adorable little package. I have this one little girl to raise. If I ever have other
children or if I don’t, this girl is mine and I want to do the right things for
her. My firstborn is not my “practice child” (but as a firstborn, I do
appreciate that joke!).
Strong and Kind
I want to listen to advice from parents who are turning out
kind, caring, balanced, and determined to succeed young adults. That is why I
was really interested in reading Strong and Kind by Korie Robertson.
In the introduction of Strong
and Kind, Korie explains how she and her husband chose two values that they
would be very intentional to instill in their children: Strong and Kind. This
title stood out to me because those are values I personally embrace and they would
likely be the two I would choose for my daughter.
About the value of strength Korie says, “Being strong is essential to me because we
know that life in this world is not always easy.” She goes on to say “since we know our children will experience
these kinds of difficulties, we want to prepare them – to help them become
strong enough to handle whatever comes their way.” I love this.
noticing another’s need and filling it. To be kind is to be loving and gentle
to the hurting and encouraging others’ successes. It’s using good manners and
showing respect for others’ thoughts and opinions that differ from yours; it’s living
a life that is peaceful and joyful.” I love how Korie says “can you imagine how much better the world
would be if people decided to be kinder to one another and to offer a kind word
rather than responding in the short, rude manner we use too often when we talk
with one another when things aren’t going our way?” So much truth here!
right. It’s so tough at times! This book was very encouraging and has helped me
to focus on specific goals rather than shooting at no particular target.
As I work out my own parenting “skills” I often watch others
to see how they’re doing. One thing I’ve noticed is how many parents focus on
ideals rather than values.
The ideal of being
good at sports.
The ideal of
always eating healthy.
The ideal of doing
well in school.
The ideal of
getting a good job and making money.
These are all very good things! Some are more important than
others and some are a part of a specific season in life. That is why they are ideals and not values. Parents who are completely focused on these ideals rather
than the foundational values of their family are missing the whole point of
raising children to be healthy, productive members of society. Even so, many
children thrive and almost accidentally find their values in the pursuit of
their ideals. Some children do not measure up in the specific ideal that is the
focus of their family, and so they struggle to find purpose, acceptance, and a
solid foundation. I’ve watched children who were focused on their family’s
ideals of good grades and excelling in sports. Their lives revolve around these
ideals. Then one day they enter “the real world” and seem hopelessly lost. They
flounder and merely survive until one day they have children of their own through
which to live out their dreams.
have an expiration date. You do not graduate and leave your values behind.
Values give you a solid foundation on which to build your life. When you get
off track in life, remembering your values brings you back on course.
values that you might choose for your children, games to play with your
children to have fun while emphasizing your family’s values, and tips for
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