Saturday, February 13, 2016

Raising Uncommon Kids by Sami Cone

The single greatest lesson parents teach their kids isn't anything they say--it's what they do. And while most parents would say they want to raise compassionate kids, they might be surprised to discover just how little they're actually modeling the behaviors they hope to pass on--qualities such as unconditional love, gentleness, forgiveness, patience, gratitude, humility, and more.

In this unique book, Sami Cone shows parents a new way to look at molding their children, one in which focusing on adding good behaviors and attitudes is more powerful than eliminating bad ones. Grounding her advice in Scripture--specifically the twelve characteristics found in Colossians 3:12-17--Cone offers plenty of stories from her own life to show these principles in action. And she offers practical things parents can do right now to create a home and family that exhibits love, harmony, and generosity of spirit in a self-centered world.

Available @ Amazon as well as other retailers

Image result for sami cone images  About the Author

Sami Cone is a blogger, radio host, and TV correspondent who mentors others to live their dream life on less and pursue their passions. Known as the Frugal Mom on Nashville's top-rated talk show Talk of the Town, Sami hosts the nationally syndicated Family Money Minute and educates more than one million listeners every morning on the Family Friendly Morning Show. She and her husband, Rick, have two children and live in Nashville, Tennessee. Learn more at

Here's what I thought....
Here lately I have been reading a lot of books that would be considered self help/ Christian living. Each one, although about different topics, has the same end advice. Changing yourself first is the best way to change the problems you are having. This one is no different. In a world where kids are spoiled, selfish and want instant gratification, how can we change what has become the norm with our kids.
Sami's ideas about how to help our kids be more grateful, kind and compassionate make a lot of sense. She starts the book with the idea that love is most important and the key to all the other things we want to teach our kids. She bases her thoughts on Colossians 3:14, "Above all, clothe yourselves in love." In each chapter we learn about a new attitude/action such as love, gentleness, forgiveness, she even talks about helping our children love each other (sibling love). Above all in each topic she discusses she wants us to know it's our job as parents to model these behaviors for our children, because children see everything we do and hear everything we say. We can't just talk the talk, we have to walk the walk.
This book has some really good ideas to help our children focus on others instead of themselves. Sami has great insight when it comes to how we can help our kids become more compassionate and caring to everyone around them. I have really enjoyed reading this book and can't wait to keep digging into all the things Sami has to say.
Thank you to Baker Books for the opportunity to review this book. A positive review was not required.

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