Friday, April 15, 2016

Book Review and Giveaway: "8 Simple Tools for Raising Great Kids"

I am reviewing a book today that I now have in my resource library for the day when my husband and I become parents. 

"8 Simple Tools for Raising Great Kids" is 208 pages in length and I feel it shares powerful tips for healthy parenting. I love that it is written to be geared toward busy adults and each tool the author shares is broken down into five short chapters that are 3 pages in length, so I like that they are quick and easy to read.

About "8 Simple Tools for Raising Great Kids"

Although written with busy parents in mind, this book is a wonderful resource book for grandparents caring for grandchildren, aunts, uncles, teachers and all adults who have children in their lives. It shows you the nuts and bolts of developing a healthy relationship with a child and the words build an illustration of how we influence the young people in our lives. He shares and discusses 8 simple tools: talking, listening,  influencing, connecting, teaching, encouraging, correcting and leading. A big message I took away from this book was using the tool he shares in this book not only applied to the children in my life, but to my own adult life regarding other adults I interact with.

About the author: 

Dr. Todd Cartmell is a child psychologist who has been working with children, teens, parents, and families for the last 18 years, most of that in a group practice in Wheaton, IL. He has been married for 24 years to his wife, Lora, and they have two young adult sons who are currently attending college. He earned his doctorate in clinical psychology from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship with Wright State University at the Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH. He has written five parenting books (faith based) and presented many parenting workshops at mom’s conferences (Hearts at Home, MOPS International), MOPS groups, churches, and schools. He recently developed a skill-building game for kids called The Flexible Thinking Game. In his free time, he enjoys doing anything with his wife, spending time with their boys whenever possible, 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.

You can find out more information about this book by going to the website here and from April 15-May 15, you can purchase the book with 50% Discount Code by entering the code GREATKIDS16. 


One of you will win a copy of "8 Simple Tools for Raising Great Kids" (ARV $12.99).

To enter, please leave a comment below to let me know you would like to win. Giveaway closes Sunday,  April 17 at 5:00 pm EST. Open to US and Canada residents only. 

If you are not able to leave a comment on this blog post, please e-mail me at with "Giveaway Entry" in the subject line and that will count as your entry.

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