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8 Simple Tools For Raising Great Kids - #FlyBy - #8SimpleTools

As a mother, I'm always searching for new information on how to be the best mother I can be. I find articles and read to help me in a situation or to prepare me for parenting phases which might come my way.

It's great to have this new book "8 Simple Tools For Raising Great Kids by Dr. Todd Cartmell and forwarded by Jill Savage.

I often read information from Jill Savage and know she is very good at giving helpful parenting advice.

The book is amazing with the detailed chapters. My favorites were the Listening and Encouraging chapters.
I am always on the go, so having short chapters with useful tips at the ends are just my type of reading material!


On The Cover:
"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.

Sometimes I feel like I'm doing a great job as a parent and then another time, I feel as if I'm failing miserably.

It's always my goal to find a balance with my parenting style. I love learning and trying new things but also remaining consistent and improving.

This book is practical not just for parenting, but other phases of our lives as adults.

The book is divided into eight tools sections, with subheadings under each section.

#1 Talking
#2 Listening
#3 Influencing
#4 Connecting
#5 Teaching
#6 Encouraging
#7 Correcting
#8 Leading

Each section has four or five chapters with details about each parenting tool.
They are short and sweet and to the point.

My favorite tool section is "Listening
And under the chapter listening, you'll find the sub-headings with:

Listen First
Listen To Understand
Listen Often
Listen To Everything
Listen With Your Entire Body

You can see how this can be helpful to life in general, and not just in the parenting market.

I'm always reminded to listen to everything my children say, as they share what's important to them now and if I'm not listening now, then when bigger things come along, they won't share with me.

This is a very useful book that will be on my bookshelf so that I can reference it when I need a bit of reminders.

I would definitely recommend this as a gift or purchase for any parent!


Dr. Todd Cartmell is a clinical child psychologist and author of several parenting books, including Flexible Kids and Keep the Siblings, Lose The Rivalry.
He is the creator of The Flexible Thinking Game and conducts parenting workshops around the country.
Todd and his wife, Lora, live in the Chicago area and have two songs.

I'm so glad to offer my readers a coupon for 50% off 8 Simple Tools for Raising Great Kids when you purchase the book through Moody Publishers.
Use the code GREATKIDS16 at checkout. The coupon is good from April 15 to May 15, 2016.

Get Free access to the Hearts At Home "Essential Worshop Collection For Parents" with every purchase:
(so readers not only get 50% off with the coupon code at, but also get access to a slew of freebies).

What is one parenting tip that has helped you with your children? Or something your parents has used to better your relationship together? 

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I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Colette is a busy mom of 2 kids focusing solely on being a mom. She hails from the Caribbean and now balances the full life of being a SAHM and dabbling in odd jobs to help around the home. She enjoys sharing her memories, hopes, food, travel, entertainment, and product experiences on her blog. Please read my disclosure 
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  1. Thanks for the great review! I will have to check out this book

  2. Even with those 8 in hand, its a struggle because you need to learn so much more and every kid is different from the other. It's really all about the relationship you get to build with them.

  3. These are all great tips for parents along with hand on training...The only way to learn about your child.

  4. I'm so relieved to only be a stepmum, and to have come in when my stepson was a teenager. I'm so not cut out to be a parent ; -)

  5. I found the most important thing was listening.

  6. I'm pretty sure I've had that same thing come out of my mouth! I'll have to check it out!

  7. I need this book! I have a 2 year old and we are struggling with the listening aspect right now :/

  8. Listening is truly a great advice, we often forget that the children have a voice on their own, we cant expect them to do and accept everything we grown ups say. Great share!

  9. I love how the book subdivides its topics. And I love the topics tackled. This is one book I would love to read and surely one I would not tire of rereading.

  10. I love how the book subdivides its topics. And I love the topics tackled. This is one book I would love to read and surely one I would not tire of rereading.

  11. I don't really read parenting books, but I love the 8 topics discussed here. All of those are important when you're raising a child. Thanks for sharing details about this book, it sounds like a great read.

  12. What a great book to help raise great kids! I have heard about it, great that you got to read it! I should look into getting this book myself!

  13. For me a lot of parenting is patience and listening

  14. Thank you so much for this. Parenting is really hard but good. Love this post.

  15. Parenting is one of the hardest jobs... but it is also one of the most rewarding :)

  16. Raising kids can be a handful, parents are molding a new human being with difference in every aspect. It is the hardest job to beat being a parent.

  17. I love the Talk To Your Children The Way That You Want To Be Talked Too. I have a friend who talks nice to her friends but is kinda mean to her kids.

  18. Those 8 sections are great. I think those will be good in guiding towards a close to perfect parenting. Hence, an relationship with your kid is still the best...

  19. Sounds like a wonderful book to read to see how it could help one to raise great kids as everyone has their own way of dealing it. Parenting is such a sensitive task & this could be a great resource for many of us.

  20. This is pretty amazing. A must read for parents like me.

  21. sounds like a great book, I have just done a review on a parenting book too

  22. Parenting is hard but thank God it is not impossible to raise great kids

  23. I reviewed this book, too! Such a great read for parents!

  24. Great read. This is helpful esp to the new moms :)

  25. Thanks for Sharing These Awesome Tips for Raising Great Kids, I Think Everyone Can Appreciate That & Could Use All the Help They Can Get! Unfortunately I Don't Have Kids but I Have 2 Nieces & 2 Nephews and I Like to Think That I Had Some Kind of Influence Over How They Turned Out and I Must Say That They Turned Out Really Good! I Think Every Parent Wishes They Had Some Kind of Manual or a Book Like This One to Help Them! Well Thanks Again for Sharing, Have a Great Evening! - Jana

  26. Sounds like a great book that would be great for anyone with kids in their lives. Not just their own, but also those with kids in the neighborhood, grocery store, church... we call could work harder at helping kids grow up as well rounded and kind. They are really the hope for the future.


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