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. Todd Dr. 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.

Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network ~ Review


The new year is upon us. It is time for those resolutions again. May I make a suggestion to you? Some mommy time each week. Time for you to sit back and laugh, learn and enjoy. And you can do it from the comfort of your own home! How you may ask? Over at the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network!

Ok, so you're interested, but wondering how much it costs? Guess what?! Felice has made all of these shows on the website FREE! Yes, you heard me right, I said FREE! 

I have been so blessed to sit down and listen to these shows, or have the volume up on my computer while I cook supper or lunch and listen. And the best part of these shows, you can listen to the live show and ask questions via the chat box, or you can listen to the recording later when you have more time. There are no worries about "not having the time" like many of us mommies are always saying.

So, what kind of shows can you find? Almost anything you can think of! Here are a few of my favorites:



Hal and Melanie Young have so many good topics! I had honestly not heard of them this time last year, but I am so thankful that I have and LOVE listening to everything they have to share! They talk about everything from "How to Fight so You Both Win" all the way to "Raising Real Men". As a mom of boys and a wife, they have touched on so many topics and are so down to earth and REAL!!



What about listening with the kids to "Current Issues & the Contitution" with Woody Wilson, or by yourself 🙂 This show helps with understanding of the current political issues we are facing. Have a copy of our Constitution with you while you listen to many different topics of our daily life, like Budget Talks, Health Care, Homeschooling Laws and Ron Paul's Curriculum. I personally enjoyed listening to Ron Paul and I don't care for political anything…but these are issues we need to know about. Woody has helped me listen to more with his way of talking…it doesn't sound quite so…boring, and I actually feel sad when the time is up!



The title says it all for this one! Any homeschooling mom will laugh and cry at this one! I took one look at the title and knew I wanted to listen to Dr. Melanie Wilson! I fell in love with this from just the introduction to the show! Dr. Melanie brings in co-hosts to help us mommies learn how to deal with many different things from how to easily teach math (big problem here!) to help working on your blog as a business and even how to create a parenting plan! If someone can have 6 kids AND a sense of humor, she is well worth listening to in my opinion!!




Who could pass on a Mommy Jammies Night??? I listened to the monthly episode with Crystal Paine and was so encouraged by the time the night was over. A monthly date with other moms in my jammies…this makes the whole month for me! When it comes to homeschooling, we need to be there for each other, even if it just over the internet! This show airs on the second Tuesday of the month and usually involves a Facebook party to start the night off with!


These are just a few of the many shows that are hosted weekly, and monthly on The Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network. I have had so much fun these last eight weeks and will continue to listen to these shows for as long as they are available!


Want to stay in touch with The Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network? You can head over to the website and subscribe for emails, or join them over on Facebook.


Read more reviews here at the Bow of Bronze Link up!


Have you listened to any of these shows yet? What are your favorites? If you haven't listened yet, what are you waiting for?!