Duck Dynasty star: “I told our kids their negativity was sucking the life out of me”

One of the stars of reality TV series “Duck Dynasty” is speaking out about overcoming negativity. In a post written on her daughter Sadie’s blog, “Live Original,” author Korie Robertson said she’s faced plenty of challenges, negativity from her children being one. She recalls that her reaction to their negative comments one day led to a not-so-proud moment, and later a change in behavior.

“I told our kids their negativity was sucking the life out of me,” Robertson wrote at the beginning of the blog post. “It wasn’t my proudest moment.”

Robertson described a particular incident, which occurred on a Sunday morning as she and her family were leaving church. She admitted to being frustrated, writing, “Not to be dramatic, but their negativity was eating away at my soul.”

She explains that her son tends to find the glass half-empty.

“[He] came into our lives with the propensity for negativity,” Korie Robertson wrote, of the son she recently adopted with husband Willie Robertson. “His first thought is pretty much always NO,” she explain of her son. “He doesn’t like it, he won’t like it, he tried it once and didn’t like it…you get the idea.”

“Usually, he ends up liking it,” she added. “But it’s after we go through a lot of negative talk, and it feels like it’s sucking the life out of me before we even get there.”

She explains that the subject of her son’s negativity had been raised many times, and that she’d been giving him “mini-speeches” about negativity and its affects.

She says she explained to him about the power of the brain, how to think positively, and how important it is to find the silver lining. “It was a great talk, and I was inspired, at least,” she humorously points out.

She reached a breaking point on that Sunday morning when the boy was complaining about stuff at school. After giving a brief description of what a blessing school is, and how it is unavailable to many children, she says, “here is my child saying there is ZERO silver lining to school.”

Then, to add to her discontent, her other son complained about the restaurant they’d chosen to dine at that day.

She writes: “I announced we were going to eat at Newks. His older brother said, ‘Noooo, not Newks! We ate there last Sunday.’ That was it. It sent me right over the edge. One of my kids is complaining about an awesome school, one that we’re thankful to have the ability to send them to, and my other kid is complaining about going out to eat for Sunday lunch.”

She said she later recalled that at one point, her loving husband Willie, one of the more prominent members of the “Dynasty,” said her negativity had been sucking the life out of him. Following the remark, she says she decided to change.

She explains that with 4 little ones at the time, she felt stretched pretty thin, and admits she wasn’t doing a lot to bolster her marriage. Yet she was generally happy and liked her home life and career.

“I had everything I ever wanted, but I was tired,” she recalls. “The words coming out of my mouth to Willie were only reflecting the last part of what I just told you about my life back then. I was telling Willie all of the negative things that happened in the day instead of the positive ones, and my words were sucking the life out of him–and me, I just hadn’t realized it yet. I decided I’d better change. It didn’t happen all at once, but I worked on it.”

She says that by mentioning the good things more, it changed her.

“I was a happier person,” she reports. “I felt better throughout the day–had more energy, smiled more. I noticed the good things, the blessings. I was living life with gratitude, instead of complaints. It changed us. ”

While she admits she’s not “perfect at this,” she says its a worthwhile exercise in achieving a more positive outlook and mental well-being.

She concluded by reporting “major improvements in the positivity levels” of the kids.

“Maybe we all need to hear sometimes that the way we act isn’t just hurting us, it’s affecting our relationships with the ones we love,” Robertson wrote. “If it doesn’t help to tell you to change it for you, change it for those around you. You don’t want to suck the life out of the people you love the most.”

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