- Paperback: 208 pages
- Publisher: Moody Publishers (January 5, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0802413870
- ISBN-13: 978-0802413871
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 44 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"I love my child, but parenting is hard."
Whether you find parenting intuitive or impossible, we could all use a hand here and there. Let child psychologist and father Todd Cartmell walk you through the nuts and bolts of healthy, effective parenting.
Using examples from his home and 20 years of professional practice, Todd gives eight essential and practical tools to help you:
- Maintain a healthy relationship with your child
- Develop a nurturing home culture
- Correct behavior in lasting ways
Designed for busy parents, 8 Simple Tools breaks each tool into five short chapters that include a summary tip and application questions. Use even half of the tools in your parenting, and you’ll help your child flourish and your family thrive.
"8 Simple Tools is intensely practical, easy to read, heartwarming, and downright funny. You need a proven game plan for raising healthy kids who will grow up into great adults—and this is it!"¿—Arlene Pellicane, author of 31 Days to Becoming a Happy Mom and Growing Up Social
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In this book, Dr. Todd Cartmell outlines 8 tools that parents have in dealing with their children to help build their relationship and to increase their effectiveness in parenting. Each tool is broken into five short and simple chapters of mini-tips that allow practical ways to develop this tool in your parenting strategy. For example, in the section on encouraging, there is a short chapter on pointing out positive behavior as well as a section short chapter on pointing out the positive trait that is behind the positive behavior. This allows you to go through and add these behaviors one small, doable step at a time until you are consistently doing most or all forty of the tips that Cartmell describes in the book. The chapters are also loaded with examples from his patients and his own parenting journey of how these tips play out in real life, and I think this is a really practical and easy to understand book for parents. I also think that each of the tools are manageable for all parents to put into practice if they focus on just one tip at a time.
Despite all the good things about this book, however, I had one area of disappointment. Even through Cartmell references scripture and applies scriptural principles in areas of the book, I would have to say that this book is more a work of psychology with the blending of a few Biblical principles thrown in. I would have rather read a book that was drenched in Biblical truth, even if it had been a little less practical psychology to put into immediate practice. I left feeling like the book could have been altered just a little bit and done just as well as a secular parenting book and not a Christian parenting book. I didn’t feel like there was anything in this book that specifically helps us to guide our children toward Jesus, the only one in whom we can be truly “great.”
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.