8 Simple Tools for Raising Great Kids

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2016-01-05
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers

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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.

Author Biography

TODD CARTMELL is a child psychologist who practices in Wheaton, Illinois. He received his doctorate from Fuller Theological Seminary and is the author of several parenting books, including 8 Simple Tools. His parenting workshops have been enjoyed by thousands of parents throughout the country. Visit Dr. Todd's website at www.drtodd.net and follow him on Facebook.

Table of Contents



Tool #1: Talking

Chapter 1:  Control Your Volume Knob

Chapter 2:  If Unsure, Press Pause

Chapter 3:  Start With You

Chapter 4:  Be Easy to Listen To

Chapter 5:  Play a Game of Catch

Talking Tips and Reflection Questions


Tool #2: Listening

Chapter 6:  Listen First

Chapter 7: Listen to Understand

Chapter 8:  Listen Often

Chapter 9:  Listen to Everything

Chapter 10:  Listen With Your Entire Body

Listening Tips and Reflection Questions


Tool #3: Influencing

Chapter 11:  Remember Who They Are

Chapter 12:  Understand the Power of Your Words

Chapter 13:  Be a Fountain of Life

Chapter 14:  See More Than Meets the Eye

Chapter 15:  Find the Lesson
Influencing Tips and Reflection Questions


Tool #4: Connecting

Chapter 16:  Use Your Touch

Chapter 17:  Avoid the Time Trap

Chapter 18:  Get Into Their World

Chapter 19:  Learn Together

Chapter 20:  Have a Regular Family Time

Connecting Tips and Reflection Questions


Tool #5: Teaching

Chapter 21:  Emphasize Respect

Chapter 22:  Practice Positive Behavior

Chapter 23:  Teach Flexible Thinking

Chapter 24:  Find the Solution

Chapter 25:  Solve Problems On the Spot

Teaching Tips and Reflection Questions


Tool #6: Encouraging

Chapter 26:  Point Out Positive Behaviors

Chapter 27:  Point Out Positive Traits

Chapter 28:  Water the Whole Lawn Regularly

Chapter 29:  Look Past the Failure

Chapter 30:  Look Backwards Together

Encouraging Tips and Reflection Questions


Tool #7:  Correcting

Chapter 31:  Focus on Your Job

Chapter 32:  Help Your Kids Bounce

Chapter 33:  Make a Quick Response

Chapter 34:  Teach the Right Lesson

Chapter 35:  Teach the Right Lesson the Right Way

Correcting Tips and Reflection Questions


Tool #8:  Leading

Chapter 36:  Remember the Power of Your Example

Chapter 37:  Practice Your Faith with Your Kids

Chapter 38:   Do Right Right

Chapter 39:  Do Wrong Right

Chapter 40:  Be a Personhood Leader

Leading Tips and Reflection Questions

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