I’m always looking for tools and techniques to be a better parent because I never find that I’m parenting as well as I would like to. Sometimes, it’s great to get perspectives from an expert. So, when I had the opportunity to review 8 Simple Tools for Raising Great Kids, I was looking forward to the opportunity to learn from an expert.
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.”
I do have a deal to share with my readers. Right now, if you purchase through Moody Publishers, they are offering a 50% off coupon code if you use the code GREATKIDS16. This code is valid between April 15th and May 15th, so be sure to check out that deal if you’re looking to save a few dollars as your purchase. Also, if you’ll put your receipt code in at this link, Dr. Cartmell is offering a whole bunch of freebies to go along with the purchase of this book.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.