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8 Simple Tools For Raising Great Kids

Choose the right parenting tools, and raising great kids may be simpler than you thought!

Choose the right parenting tools and raising great kids may be easier than you thought! Learn how in Dr. Todd Cartmell's book 8 Simple Tools For Raising Great Kids. {Book Review}


Are you looking for an easy-to-read, hope-filled, practical parenting book?

Of course you are! What parent isn’t, right.

Well, good news . . . I found one for you!

8 Simple Tools for Raising Great Kids by Dr. Todd Cartmell is just what you want.

 8 Simple Tools for Raising Great Kids Book Review


Because you want to raise great kids! And the tools presented in this book will equip you to accomplish that.

. . .

Before I had kids, multiple people told me multiple times that I would be a great mom. I’m sure they meant to be encouraging. Unfortunately, I assumed their affirmation meant mothering would be easy for me. That I’d always know what to do . . .

Not so!

If you ever feel like an inadequate mom, know that you’re not alone. And it’s okay.

Nurturing little people, training them to be big people is challenging. It’s not always intuitive and can often seem impossible.

Don’t despair.

Remember that your children are a good gift from God (Psalm 127:3). Ask Him for the wisdom you need to be the parent He wants you to be.

And take advantage of resources like 8 Simple Tools for Raising Great Kids.

Though I do have to say that title is a bit misleading.

This book offers you way more than just 8 tools to tuck into your parenting belt. But I understand that trying to haul around 47 different tools would be a little unwieldy! So, I guess I could agree that there are 8 tools with a myriad of ways to use each one.

These are the tools you’ll want to pull out when you’re not sure what to do.

As the title implies, these parenting tools are simple. Don’t let that fool you! They’re powerful. And that power can be either constructive or destructive. Learn to use your parenting tools in a way that will build your kids up.


Choose the right tools and raising great kids may be simpler than you thought. Find the parenting tools you need in Dr. Todd Cartmell's book 8 Simple Tools For Raising Great Kids.


Read the complete Table of Contents as well as the full introduction and entire first chapter here.

You’ll also find these intriguing concepts within the pages:

  • Why you should see your kids as cereal boxes
  • The importance of being a family gold miner
  • Two essential components of effective family time
  • The value of flexible thinking
  • Basic problem-solving S.T.E.P.S.
  • How to truly encourage positive traits
  • The benefits of bouncing back
  • The blessings of including God in your conversations

Learning how to use these simple tools will help you become a great parent – not a perfect one of course, but one your kids will be glad to have.


Dr. Cartmell’s writing style is calm, encouraging and fun. He understands God’s instruction for parents to train their children in respect and obedience. His instruction supports parents by providing practical ways to fulfill God’s calling both graciously and firmly. I especially appreciate how he consistently reminds us that each individual child is God’s handiwork.


8 Simple Tips for Raising Great Kids Book Review



Get your own copy of  8 Simple Tools for Raising Great Kids for just $6.49 by ordering directly from Moody Publishers. This special price (50% off the list price) is valid only through May 15, 2016. Use coupon code GREATKIDS16.

Then be sure to visit 8SimpleTools.com to access your free download of the Hearts At Home “Essential Workshop Collection For Parents.” (Don’t wait – this is a limited time offer!)


I received a copy of this book free of charge from Moody Publishers in collaboration with FlyBy Promotions. In exchange, I have provided my honest, unbiased review.

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  1. blog8628 says:

    Great review! I might just need to check this book out! Blessings, liz

  2. This sounds like a wonderful parenting book. Parenting books are the one genre that I can’t seem to get enough of. lol I have so many parenting books. This sounds like it has some fabulous Biblical insights.

    Thanks for sharing.

    • Me too! This was such a simple read full of Biblical encouragement and practical ways to communicate with kids and address problems. Have a great week, Jennifer.

  3. elizabeth959803 says:

    Well, hello, Abi…I hopped over from Grace & Truth and found myself at your blog house! 😉 This book sounds very practical and applicable. Pinning…and checking our library online to see if I can reserve it. Thanks for putting it on my radar!

    • Hey, Elizabeth! Glad you found yourself here . . . definitely a practical book sprinkled throughout with biblical encouragement. Hope your library has it, though it is new, so you may have to ask them to get it.

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