Raising Uncommon Kids: 12 Biblical Traits You Need to Raise Selfless Kids by Sami Cone is not your common parenting book. The author doesn’t spend nearly as much time focusing on the direct parent-to-child relationship as she does on the parent-to-God, parent-to-self, and parent-to-parent relationships. While each chapter does have direct practical tips about incorporating things into the parent-to-child dynamic, the author stresses a healthy modeling ethic (action and word) as the primary teaching tool in a parent’s tool belt.
In addition to the uncommon approach in the book, and the twelve traits pulled from Scripture, the author keeps the reader’s attention through her narration of her daily life struggles – small and big. This realism helps prevent the dismissal of Cone’s work as being a product of easy-going or middle-class culture. The rawness, without overloading the reader with distracting details, helps the reader feel empowered to be able to raise children who live beyond their own little worlds.
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