Praise for 8 Simple Tools for Raising Great Kids


"There’s nothing simple about parenting, but it’s certainly easier if you are equipped for the job! Todd Cartmell knows what parents need and he’s shared it on the pages of this book. I’m grateful for such a practical, easy-to-read resource for parents!"

— Jill Savage, CEO Hearts at Home, coauthor of No More Perfect Kids, mom of five

"Dr. Todd Cartmell has an amazing gift of making the enormous, weighty job of parenting seem doable. 8 Simple Tools for Raising Great Kids is intensely practical, easy to read, heartwarming, and downright funny. You need a proven game plan for raising healthy kids who will grow up into great adults—and this is it!"
Arlene Pellicane, author, 31 Days to Becoming a Happy Mom and Growing Up Social

"Dr. Cartmell provides a tremendous resource for parents of every experience level. Better than simply being a good read with helpful insights, 8 Simple Tools for Raising Great Kids will undoubtedly be a go-to reference time and again providing clear, easily applied solutions to difficult parenting challenges. Families using these tools will enjoy long-term strength and health in their relationships."

— Rev. Randy Isola, children’s pastor, Christ Community Church, St. Charles, Illinois

"Simple tools? When I looked at the title of Dr. Cartmell’s book and the list of tools he includes, I thought the title was misleading. Listening isn’t simple. Correcting isn’t simple. It’s not easy to connect today either. Then I read the book and understood the title. I agree with it. Totally. Todd absolutely makes these tools simple! The number of practical and realistic details in short, accessible chapters is impressive. His stories make them come alive. His analogies are rich. Did you know you can be a gold miner and play catch all day? Your children are like dump trucks and cereal boxes? I agree! Use Todd’s ideas and you’ll gain confidence. Your children will notice your new heart for them and your relationships will be healthier than ever. Read this book now!"

— Kathy Koch, PhD, president and founder of Celebrate Kids, Inc., and author of Screens and TeensNo More Perfect Kids, and 8 Great Smarts

"Todd Cartmell’s book is loaded with practical, useful tips and powerful insights that empower parents to repair and strengthen family relationships. This book is a 'must read' not only for those seeking help in navigating the challenges of parenthood, but for anyone needing more tools in their work with children."

— Linda Michel , early childhood educator, learning behavior specialist, mother

"What a concept! A book for moms and dads that’s fun to read. With lots of fresh wisdom and welcome encouragement."

Jay Payleitner, conference speaker and bestselling author of 52 Things Kids Need from a Dad

"Todd Cartmell has crafted a fabulous go-to manual for parents in 8 Simple Tools for Raising Great Kids. Full of relevant examples, helpful advice, and practical tips, this book will empower you to build solid relationships with your kids and strengthen your family bond."

Karen Ehman, New York Times bestselling author and Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker. Wife and mom of three.

"As a parent, I am interested in people formation (relationally, spiritually, and physically) more than rule-focused behavior. As a professor and clinician, I am always looking for resources to supplement my work with parents. Dr. Cartmell satisfies both of these needs for me with a wonderful resource in his 8 Simple Tools for Raising Great Kids. In this book he provides skills and a relational philosophy for parents raising kids in our contemporary society. He emphasizes relational truths of parenting clearly and through excellent metaphors. I especially enjoyed the playing catch metaphor, which focuses us on participating with our children. This is a resource I will encourage my graduate students in marriage and family therapy to provide for parents in the clinic and through parenting groups at their churches."

David J. Van Dyke, associate professor, Marriage & Family Therapy Program, Wheaton College