8 Simple Tools for Raising Great Kids ~ A Book Review

Kids, what an interesting creature. One minute they are happy go lucky, the next they are having a meltdown because you won't let them eat the dog food…I know, it is crazy, but kids get upset about the silliest things! Only as they get older the meltdowns come from bigger things and you really wish you hand an owner's manual for these fascinating gifts from God.

8 Simple Tools

8 Simple Tools for Raising Great Kids by Dr. Todd Cartmell is just that for you! This book will help you develop a nurturing home culture, maintain a healthy relationship with your child, and correct behavior in a lasting way! In this 200-page book, you will find 8 simple tips to help you achieve all these and more!

Meet Todd Cartmell

Dr. ToddDr. Todd Cartmell is a licensed clinical psychologist who received his doctoral degree from Fuller Theological Seminary and completed postdoctoral training at the Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.

Dr. Cartmell works with children, adolescents, parents, and families and specializes in a wide range of child and adolescent issues, including ADHD evaluation and treatment, oppositional behavior, depression, anxiety, and anger management.

A popular workshop and conference speaker, Dr. Cartmell conducts parenting workshops across the country. He is the author of several books, including Respectful Kids: The Complete Guide to Bringing Out the Best in Your Child; Keep the Siblings, Lose the Rivalry; The Parent Survival Guide, and 8 Simple Tools for Raising Great Kids (Moody Publishers) as well as creator of The Flexible Thinking Game.

In his free time, Dr. Cartmell enjoys doing anything with his wife, spending time with his boys, reading, running, and playing jazz piano. His Christian faith is an important part of his life and thinking, and he is continually thankful for God's grace, of which he is an undeserving recipient. He and his family live in the Chicago area.

For more information on Dr. Cartmell's books and workshops, you can visit his website at www.drtodd.net.

About The Book:

In this book, Dr Todd tells us 8 wonderful tips, but it is not just that, he breaks them down into parts. Each of these parts are described to us in small simple chapters. This book is made for the busy parent for sure! If you have 5 minutes, you have time for one chapter! One more chapter is one more tool in this tool belt called parenting! While I have issues finding time to read a book, I had no troubles reading 3-5 chapters a day of this book!

The 8 Tips seem pretty straight forward, Talking, Listening, Influencing, Connecting, Teaching, Encouraging, Correcting and Leading. However, when Dr. Todd starts to break these down, you realize how much more there is to each one. And not in a hard to work way, in a "this little thing could change that big thing, but I was doing this instead" kind of way!

Dr. Todd puts these tools into everyday life of children and parents. Like dump trucks and dirt vs gold. Instead of just words, you "see" what he is talking about and you are given super easy to follow ideas to make the changes both you and your children want to see. Because just like us, they want a happy home as well. They just see things differently and we need to work together to make things happen.


If you have been searching for just the right book to help bring peace to your family. To end the bickering and struggles. If you want a book that is simple to read yet touches on all the tough topics of raising kids, you really need to grab yourself a copy of 8 Simple Tools for Raising Great Kids! I have enjoyed reading this book. It was not a chore like some parenting books, only to be left on the shelf halfway finished. I finished this book before I realized it and was ready to read it all over again! With 4 kids being homeschooled and running a blog, finding a book like that is awesome!!

What is one of your parenting tips that has helped you?

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Disclaimer: I received this item for review, however, all opinions are 100% my own.