Mommy Memoir Mondays: 8 Simple Tools for Raising Great Kids


Being a parent is hard. Anyone who’s been a parent for more than five minutes knows this…and it might not even take that long to figure it out. But the parenting challenges change as your child grows. My girls are now 7 and 5, and we’re daily having new conflicts that we did not face even a year or two ago. And I know we’ll face different challenges next year. I don’t even want to think about the teenage years yet!

I want more than anything to raise two little girls who are “great,” but some days I feel like a miserable failure as a mother (can anyone else relate?). As a child psychologist and a father himself, Dr. Tood Cartmell certainly does seem to be able to relate to that feeling. And he’s written this book to help parents communicate, teach, and direct their children in new, more effective, ways. Plus, he really does understand that parents are short on time, so he’s written this book in brief chapters that can be each be read in about 10 minutes or less. I REALLY appreciate that.

This is a fabulous guide for parents with kids of any age. And you can get it for 50% off the retail price between April 15 and May 15, 2016, by purchasing it at, and entering the coupon code GREATKIDS16

Plus, when you purchase from the publisher, you’ll receive FREE access to the HEARTS AT HOME “ESSENTIAL WORKSHOP COLLECTION FOR PARENTS.”

More about the book:WebsiteHeader-nobook3.jpg

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“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 your family dynamics will thrive. Your relationship with your child will be built on love and trust, providing you with fertile ground for planting God’s wisdom in their heart, and ultimately, seeing them flourish.


Official Website: – Be sure to check out the brief, really fun FREE parenting assessments.

Dr. Todd Cartmell’s FB:

From the author: Dr. Todd Cartmell
Hello.  I’m Dr. Todd!
I earned my doctorate in clinical psychology from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA. We then moved to Columbus, OH, where I
completed a postdoctoral fellowship with Wright State University at the Children’s Hospital. Since then, I have done my clinical work at Summit Clinical Services in Wheaton, IL, where I continue to see children, teens, and families on a full-time basis.

I have written five parenting books (faith based), which you can learn more about on the Books page. I have presented many parenting workshops at moms’ conferences (Hearts at Home, MOPS International), MOPS groups, churches, and schools, which you can read about on the Workshop page. I have also recently developed a skill-building game for kids called The Flexible Thinking Game.

In my free time, I enjoy doing anything with my wife, spending time with my boys whenever possible, reading, running, and playing jazz piano any chance I get. My Christian faith is an important part of my life and thinking, and I am continually thankful for God’s grace, of which I am an undeserving recipient.

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