Raising Uncommon Kids: 12 Biblical Traits You Need to Raise Selfless Kids
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A "me first" attitude is alive and well in today's self-centered world. How can you create a family that exhibits love, harmony, and generosity of spirit? Mining Colossians 3:12-17, blogger Sami Cone encourages you to model behaviors you want to pass on to your children - including gentleness, forgiveness, wisdom, kindness, and peace - as you seek to raise selfless kids.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Baker Books
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0801018781
ISBN-13: 9780801018787

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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.

Author Bio

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 www.samicone.com.

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  1. Michele Morin
    Warren, Maine
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Joy of Uncommon Kids
    February 29, 2016
    Michele Morin
    Warren, Maine
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5


    Youre sitting around a table at your favorite restaurant. The kids are just cleaning up their plates; youre fiddling with the debit card, when along comes the little lady with the big smile and the kind eyes.

    I just have to tell you how much I enjoyed seeing your children this evening . . . she begins, and your heart swells with gratitude and pride because, deep down, we all want our children to stand out and to be remarkable for the right reasons.

    Parenting would be lovely if only there were a formula, a series of steps to follow, which would ensure the desired outcome. Raising Uncommon Kids offers the astounding (and wise) suggestion that parents pay a little less attention to their childrens behavior and a little more time evaluating their own behavior.

    There is no quick fix for raising children. There are, however, character qualities and behaviors that we desperately want to see in our kids lives. Author Sami Cone suggests that the first and best place to look for those characteristics is . . . in our own lives!

    Beginning with the principles found in Colossians 3:12-17, Sami looks at the life of a family through three distinct lenses:

    1.Your Heart at Home: How do you and your spouse talk to each other? What kinds of behaviors and responses are fair game on the average Thursday afternoon? What do your choices reveal about your priorities? Remember: your influence will impact your kids far more than your instruction!

    2. Your Attitude Toward Others: Do your children see you considering others before yourself? Is their obedience all about fear and rules and consequences, or are they beginning to see that forgiveness, patience, and kindness are the best and most sensible way to live?

    3. Your Influence in the World: Selfless behavior has impact far beyond the family room, and kids who are grounded in gratitude, peace, humility, and compassion will become world changers wherever they go.

    Raising Uncommon Kids pulls in the experiences of a dozen wise mums who offer their input and encouragement in mentoring moments. Sami goes on to share very practical suggestions for putting godly character into action. For example, model gentleness in your home with lunch-box notes, spending time one-on-one with kids, or by charging a fine when kids or parents complain or make negative comments. Teach compassion and give kids a crash course in what its like to be an adult by switching roles for the day!

    The traits listed in Colossians 3 gentleness, forgiveness, wisdom, patience, kindness, humility are foundational to living a peaceful and selfless life. The Bible is a mirror for parents in which we see clearly our own failures in word and deed, find forgiveness, and then move toward qualities that we want our children to emulate. Very often, a new tone in a household is not the result of a discouraging do-list of unachievable behaviors, but rather a change in heart based on truth that comes from the uncommon love of a wise heavenly Father.

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    This book was provided by Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for my review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 : Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  2. Rachel
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great book for parents
    February 13, 2016
    Rachel
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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.
  3. love2read
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Even as a single woman, this book is amazing!
    February 1, 2016
    love2read
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Let me preface this review by saying I do not have kids. That being said, I don't think you even need kids for this book to be applicable to you! Author Sami Cone brings practical Biblical wisdom to her readers that demonstrates Matthew 7:3-5: "Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye." As parents, modeling ideal behavior is the only way to effectively raise kids that are selfless, patient godly and such. If as a parent you are saying one thing but doing another, why would your children listen to you? This book shows you how to be a kinder, more patient, more loving and more Christ-centered adult, which will in turn affect your relationships with others, kids included. This book was convicting and touched on daily tasks such as driving and how they can be a direct outpouring of the state of our hearts. I give this book easily a 5/5. Definitely saving this gem for when I have kids!

    This book was provided to me by Baker Books in exchange for my honest opinion.
  4. cici
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Be Selfless Parents. Raise Selfless Kids
    February 1, 2016
    cici
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
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    As parents, there is no how-to book to help guide them on how to raise children that are not shall we say difficult. Although many parents seek advice from friends and family sometimes that just is not enough to get by. Fortunately, Raising Uncommon Kids by Sami Cone will provide any of her readers with the 12 steps, tips in order to ease the struggle and create a balanced home life with children. I throughly enjoyed the fact that Cone's style and techniques using scriptures was is easily relatable and doable for anyone wanting to raise uniquely selfless kids in todays digital world. It will have its bumps or hard days, but like they say "nothing worth getting is ever easy" and that should make the outcome that much more enjoyable. I also believe that the family unit will forever be tightly bonded in a way that cannot be rivaled. I received a copy for this review from Baker Books and all opinions are my own.
  5. Laura
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    Just No.
    January 26, 2016
    Laura
    Quality: 1
    Value: 1
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    I was drawn to this book for fairly obvious reasons. Making sure I dont accidentally turn my (future) children into entitled brats is a big deal to me. After reading the book, Ive decided to keep my review much shorter than usual. I was raised on parenting techniques and principles so close to these that my mother may as well have written the book. I give this opinion with the weight of truth not as a parent, but as a child who survived this type of parenting and has spent a lot of money on therapy to overcome it. My agreement with Baker Books Bloggers requires that my review be 75 words, so here they are:

    Do not follow the advice in this book if you mean well for your children in their futures. By her own admission, the authors children (currently ages 10 and 11) exhibit behaviors which are symptomatic of neurosis and insecurity. This is a predictable result of raising children in an environment fueled by fear and in which rigorous schedules and strict religion take the place of faith. This is a bad book, full of bad advice.
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Author: Sami Cone
Located in: Nashville, TN
Submitted: January 17, 2016

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I'm a blogger (SamiCone.com), radio host & TV correspondent mentoring others to live their dream life on less and pursue their passions. I draw on my experiences as a writer, editor, university professor, performer, professional athlete, and pageant winner to help women realize their full potential in life. As well as being the author of "Raising Uncommon Kids", I'm known as the "Frugal Mom" on Nashville's top-rated talk show "Talk of the Town”, host the nationally syndicated “Family Money Minute”, and educate over a million listeners every morning on radio's "Family Friendly Morning Show".

I'm proud to call Nashville home with my husband Rick, and our two children (a daughter & son) who are 19 months apart. We love traveling and are happy to sacrifice the "stuff" of life so we can fuel our mission of being a family on the go together!

    What was your motivation behind this project?  The genesis for this book was a moment when my daughter was seven and had an extremely selfish moment. I asked God to give me a word, and He planted a fable in my head that spoke to her about compassion like nothing ever before. To the credit of my book agent, he realized that if I had this heart’s cry, other parents must too.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  That parenting uncommon kids is less about our children's behavior and more about our own: in order to raise uncommon kids, we must first be uncommon ourselves.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  It's forced me even more so to turn the mirror on myself before reacting to my kids' words and actions. You can't write a book titled "Raising Uncommon Kids" without coming under a lot of scrutiny, and it's forced me to really put the words God laid on my heart into practice on a daily basis!

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  I wake up every morning (like I have for the past 15 years) reading Oswald Chambers' "My Utmost for His Highest". I admire his way to take God's Word and make it insanely practical in our current day, even though it was written so long ago. I'm also forever changed and challenged by my spiritual momma, best selling author Jackie Kendall. Not only does she have an amazing love for and knowledge of God's Word, but she reminds me to be like the Red Sea, not the Dead Sea, everyday - what's poured into me must also be poured out of me and shared with others.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  Parenting is not a destination, but a journey. Keep the faith, constantly communicate, and call on a team around you to pick you up when you feel weary. It's my goal for my readers/listeners to not just do what I do, but I hope to challenge them to think about why they do what they do.

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