Yes, I’m Still Reading Parenting Books {Aka, Another Book Review}

8 Simple Tools for Raising Great Kids

BY: Dr. Todd Cartmell

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First Person • Nonfiction • One Point of View • 208 Pages



About the Book (Backcover Blurb):

Finally, a practical book for busy parents!

Whether you find parenting intuitive or impossible, we could all use a hand here and there. And we could use it quick! In 8 Simple Tools, child psychologist and father Todd Cartmell walks 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:

  • Listen well and respond wisely
  • Use affirmation to influence your child
  • Develop a nurturing home culture
  • Correct behavior in lasting ways
  • Maintain a healthy relationship with your child

Designed with busy parents in mind, 8 Simple Tools breaks each tool into five short chapters, perfect for when you only have a second. Plus, each chapter ends with a practical “Tip” section that summarizes the main point and helps you apply it right away.

Use even half of the tools in your parenting, and your family dynamics will thrive. Your relationship will be built on love and trust, providing you with fertile ground for planting God’s wisdom in your child’s heart and, ultimately, seeing your child flourish.

Why I Choose this Book:

Jill Savage wrote the forward of the book, and I’ve enjoyed her writing before, therefore I thought that this would be a good book. Plus, parenting books are intriguing to me.

What I Thought about this Book:


As always, I’ll start out with the disclaimer that I’m not a parent, and therefore my thoughts on the book are quite subjective.

This book was full of great information, and it was delivered in bite-sized increments which made the book really easy to pick up when I had a few moments to spare. Each chapter was only 2-4 pages long, and ended with a tip which was spot-on and simple, although not always easy, to apply to life.

From learning how to tune your attention to see your kid’s good qualities to praising effectively to teaching your kids to problem solve, this book really was full of simple tools that would help any child/adult relationship thrive.

I not only learned from this book, but I also enjoyed reading it. The author wrote in a very down-to-earth, practical, and interesting way.


There were only a very few small things I didn’t agree with, and wouldn’t hesitate to let any of my parent-friends borrow the book. And, if I was a parent, I think I would recommend this book to others. As a non-parent though, I don’t want to be that annoying friend who thinks she has it all together. 😉


I’m giving 8 Simple Tools for Raising Great Kids 4 out of 5 stars, and 10 out of 10

*I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

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