Everyday, there's some new study or anecdotal article on how co-sleeping or sleep training will make or break your child. Same with breastfeeding or daycare. But Korie Robertson, mom of 5 plus a most recent adopted son, says those things aren't as important as something else: character.
Korie says instilling *character* in your children is the ultimate most important thing you can do as a parent. And she says it's what the world needs most. Korie writes in her book, "Strong and Kind," "What America needs today is parents who don't just say they value [good] virtues but who live them and passionately and boldly teach them to their children."
She shares that as a young parent, she was challenged to think of 2 character traits that were most important for her to instill in her kids. She came up with strong and kind and explains more in her book why she chose those two. But she shares a time in prayer when she felt God speak to her about how she would instill those traits.
"After voicing my desire to instill these traits in our children, I took my requests to God. I started praying that Willie and I would be able to teach our children these things--that we would raise strong, kind kids who would become strong, kind adults. God spoke to me very clearly. He said, 'Then live it.' So I started praying that Wilie and I would be the traits we wanted for our children--that we would live them and model them so that our kids wouldn't just hear empty words from us but would see the fruit of these character traits in our lives."
What do you think of Korie's advice to focus more on instilling character than what we hear so often in parenting magazines about diet and childcare? Let us hear your thoughts in the Comments! Thank you!