Raising Uncommon Kids with Sami Cone – An O2O Author Interview

I’ve known Sami Cone for several years. We both live in Nashville and sometimes find ourselves at the same influencer events and conferences (mostly notably BlissDom in Nashville between 2009-2012). Our sons were even on the same flag football team last fall. I love Sami’s energy and the way she radiates light and joy. It was such a treat to get to ask her some questions about her book and the writing process. ~Malia

Raising Uncommon Kids CoverAbout Raising Uncommon Kids

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, I show 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 my advice in Scripture–specifically the twelve characteristics found in Colossians 3:12-17– I offer plenty of stories from my own life to show these principles in action. And I offer 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.

Read a sample chapter from Raising Uncommon Kids

Sami-Cone-Headshot-currentO2O: What was your inspiration for writing this book?

SC: The genesis of this book was a moment when my daughter was seven (4 years ago) 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. So what started out as a children’s fable turned into the book you see now.

O2O: Has your parenting come under scrutiny since writing a book about parenting and if so, how have you handled awkward or intrusive questions?

SC: I definitely feel like people are examining me and my kids more…my kids especially! They’re wanting to see if I put what I wrote into practice – and whether or not it works! For the most part, it’s been fun questions and humorous exchanges, so we’re just taking it in stride.

O2O: You cover 12 characteristics in your book; is there one that is harder than the others for you to model and opposite of that, is there one that is easier than the others for you to model?

SC: With two tweens and a fast paced life, I feel like “Patience” is where I’m being tested the most these days. Honestly, being in the middle of the book’s release, I’m revisiting the principles now more than ever, so it’s really helped me keep perspective. On the other hand, the ‘easiest’ characteristic (if there’s ever one) is Harmony & Joy. Having just moved, we’ve really been concentrating on not making the house perfect, but making it a welcoming environment that people feel comfortable in…and that starts with us choosing joy on a daily basis!

O2O: What surprised you most about the writing process?

SC: How many revisions the book had to go through and how many people had to lay eyes on it! (And how writing the proposal was almost harder than writing the book itself).

O2O: What were your writing habits?

SC: It definitely happened in phases – because this started out as a children’s book, there was a pause between when I signed with an agent to when I had a clear outline for the book it turned out to be. Once I had a hard deadline from the publisher, I did set backwards goals and make sure I wrote somewhere formal – either in my home office or a coffee shop…not on the couch in front of the TV 🙂

O2O: What was the best advice that another writer gave you about writing?

SC: “Keep progressing.”

Honestly, if God hadn’t planted this on my heart, I don’t know how I would have made it through the process. I’m realizing it more as I’m contemplating a second book that unless I’m certain it’s something I’m called to write about, it’s hard to keep the vision.

O2O: What advice would you give to someone who wants to write a book?

SC: The turning point for me was when I hired a fellow author friend of mine to help me map out my book chapter by chapter via posterboards on my wall. It helped empty all the ideas in my brain and kept me on track.

O2O: Will you write another book?

SC: Yes!

Where to Buy Raising Uncommon Kids


Sami has graciously offered a copy of her book to giveaway to an O2O member*! To enter the giveaway, leave a comment telling us which of the twelve characteristics from Sami’s book that you need the most help with (Love, Harmony, Gentleness, Bearing With, Forgiveness, Wisdom, Patience, Kindness, Gratitude, Peace, Humility, or Compassion). One entry per person. Giveaway closes Sunday, February 7, 2016. Winner will be drawn and notified via email on Monday, February 8th.


More About Sami

Sami Cone is a blogger (, radio host & TV correspondent mentoring others to live their dream life on less and pursue their passions. She draws on her experiences as a writer, editor, university professor, performer, professional athlete, and pageant winner to help women realize their full potential in life. Sami is the author of “Raising Uncommon Kids“, is known as the “Frugal Mom” on Nashville’s top-rated talk show “Talk of the Town”, hosts the nationally syndicated “Family Money Minute”, and educates over a million listeners every morning on radio’s “Family Friendly Morning Show”. She is proud to call Nashville home with her husband of thirteen years, Rick, and their two children (a daughter & son) who are 19 months apart. They love traveling and are happy to sacrifice the “stuff” of life so that they can fuel their mission of being a family on the go together!

*No Purchase Necessary. Void Where Prohibited By Law. Entry period will run from Thursday, January 28, 2016 through midnight (PT), Sunday, February 7, 2016. Entries must be received in those time frames to be valid. Contest is open to One2One Network members, 18 years of age or older, and a resident of the United States of America. Winner will be chosen via random draw and notified via email. Please see Official Rules for Giveaways.

1 Comment

  1. Lindsey H says:

    I probably need the most help with gratitude and bearing with, but I’d love to read about each of the attributes Sami addresses! My little girl is less than a year old still, but with how fast it’s going, I want to be as prepared as I can!