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Chrys Howard is the mother of Duck Dynasty’s Korie Robertson. She holds a degree in elementary education and spent 10 years teaching children with learning differences. After teaching, she joined the family-owned business, Howard Publishing, where she served as senior editor and creative director. She has authored a number of books, including the bestselling Hugs for Daughters and Motivationals for Mom, and she co-authored the New York Times bestseller Miss Kay’s Duck Commander Kitchen, Everything’s Better with a Beard, D Is for Duck Calls, and The Faith Commander church curriculum. Chrys has spent more than 30 years working with Christian youth camps; speaking to women’s groups; teaching Bible classes to children, teens, and young adults; and traveling overseas for mission efforts. She is married to John Howard and has three grown children and 14 adorable grandchildren and lives next door to Korie and Willie in West Monroe, Louisiana.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (October 27, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718036883
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718036881
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 0.9 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I’ve long said I want to raise independent kids who love Jesus. And that’s true. Sort of.

I want to raise kids who love Jesus. But I don’t want them to be so independent they miss the point of following Jesus – to glorify God – and fail to notice others around him. This is what I thought about as I read “Strong and Kind” by Korie Robertson.

Strong and kind are the characteristics she wants her kids to exhibit. She discusses these and other admirable traits in the book. And I’m revising my statement: I want to raise kids are compassionate and joyful – and love Jesus, of course.

In her book, Korie reminded me that while being intentional with a couple traits is a good parenting plan, ultimately raising someone who follows Jesus means there will be evidence of many traits that tend to overlap anyway.

I appreciated Korie’s family-first approach to living in community and using that environment to shape who children become. She spends the first part of the book sharing about the importance of good character with many personal examples. The second section is devoted to identifying the character traits you want to see in your children. Finally, the third part offers advice on how to parent kids of character.

“Strong and Kind” isn’t a how-to book, but it is a resource with much encouragement, Biblical foundation, and real-life stories.
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I'm not sure how many books have been published by and about the Robertson family, the stars of the popular reality TV show Duck Dynasty. A quick search at Amazon.com shows at least several dozen. They have cornered the market, it seems, on duck calls through their Duck Commander company, and are working on taking a big chunk of the market of celebrity biography/cookbook/self-help/inspirational books, too.

Korie Robertson, with help from her husband Willie and her mother, Chrys Howard (side note: Mrs. Howard, a former teacher and publishing executive, co-authored a couple of books with Willie's mom.) has published a parenting book. Strong and Kind: and Other Important Character Traits Your Child Needs to Succeed focusses on building character in your children. Rather than focussing on some of the traditional topics of parenting books, Korie writes that after 20 years of parenting her 5 kids, she believes "the most important thing for parents to decide . . . is what values are important to your family and how you will go about instilling those values in your children."

Korie and Willie have chosen to focus on two: strength and kindness. (I couldn't help thinking of Cinderella's mother's dying admonition to her daughter: "Have courage and be kind.") They challenge their readers to select these or any other pair of virtues to teach their children. Different parent and child personalities will lend some values to be more fitting than others. Besides strength and kindness they discuss self-control, honesty, compassion, patience, joy, loyalty, and humility. They write that this list is not exhaustive, and that there is much overlap among some of these, but that by choosing to emphasize two, many of the others naturally develop.
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I was recently given the opportunity to review Korie Robertson’s new book, STRONG and KIND. It’s a pretty neat little book. However, I should confess that I have never watched the Robertson family show, Duck Dynasty. This is an important confession, because I am sure if I was a devoted follower, I would have totally different views on this book. Why? Because Korie referred to the show a lot. She wrote the book under the assumption that everyone reading the book had seen it. I haven’t (not a single episode). Not because I don’t like the Robertson’s, I just don’t watch T.V. (Crazy, right?). Anyway, if I had seen the show, I would have already known a ton about Korie’s family and personality.

All that said, I still think this was a really neat parenting book. Korie didn’t say, do this or don’t do that. She talked about different traits and how we impart them to our children. I loved it!

Korie talked about how we should look at who we want our kids to become, and then model that in our own lives. That basis alone makes this one of the best parenting books ever. If you know who Korie Robertson is and if you have ever seen her show, you will love this book. If you are like me and haven’t seen her show, then I still think it is a great read.

I will add that Korie seems to have a very bold personality. She is very firm in her beliefs and a few statements she made rubbed me the wrong way. They were firmly worded opinions, one I agreed with but still was taken aback by the wording she used. Another I could see her point, but she worded it very harshly. We all have opinions we feel strongly about, I just found it ironic that in a book about kindness, she didn’t choose to word her thoughts with kindness.

The other down side to this book was that the pages seemed super thin. If you are like me and love to highlight, I recommend using a gel highlighter (that’s what I did). And I did highlight a BUNCH.
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I love this book so very much. The basic principles on how to raise your child resonate so closely to my husband and I's own philosophies. But they articulate what we have not been able to say so clearly. And they make you feel reinforced, when sometimes external influences might push you to parent a different way.

I love the Robertson family and enjoy watching them on TV. I do think that it times the book comes across with a bit of a self-satisfied air. But that might just be because I enjoy the self-effacing humor of authors like Jen Hatmaker.
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