Spring Break and Easter are literally here. I heard you scream, it's ok, we all did....
Our lovely bundles of joy, aka THE children, will be home with us for a week….
Getting bored and needing us come up with activities to keep them busy.
Well maybe....the little ones will need activities.
The older ones will likely be texting their friend, who lives next door!!
This generation is loosing touch with face to face communication,preferring the safety of words on a screen than to try and decipher body cues and language, and WE as their parents need to teach kids about
This new book aims to help you with these goals, and to raise great kids!
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.
Check out an excerpt
This book is broken down into 8 Chapters, each encompassing one of the 8 Tools, from the title, that are short enough for you to read one at a time, at night before bed, or when you have an extra 15 minutes. Each chapter ends with a practical tip, as a way of helping you to remember the focus of the chapter. The 8 Tools are: Talking, Listening, Influencing, Connecting, Teaching, Encouraging, Correcting and Leading. When you think about just the definitions of those words, the idea of the 8 tools makes sense.
For us, with Miss Grace hitting pre-puberty, dealing with her Tasmanian Devil world of emotions, pretty much means using all 8 tools. LOL. And in fact, I would say that the age group of 7-15 really is where this book is aimed at. This is the age where kids start asserting themselves and as life gets busy with all their extra-curriculars, we may find our family loosing face time connections. The book can really help you gain perspective back, as far as to HOW your kids are thinking, and how they need you to be the ringmaster and keep everything going smoothly, amid the emotional chaos of their lives.
This would be a great book to give to a first time parent, to set them on the right path, especially if they are adopting an older child, and may be addressing many of the issues sooner than later. It would also be a great book to give to a woman (or man) who is about to become a step-parent, as a tool for understanding what kids need and how to help in raising them.
About the Author
Dr. Cartmell is a licensed clinical child psychologist and author of several parenting books, including Flexible Kids and Keep the Siblings, Lose the Rivalry. He also is the creator of The Flexible Thinking Game and conducts parenting workshops around the country. Todd and his wife live in the Chicago area and have two sons. Check out his Website for more info.
One BTHM reader will win their own copy of this book to keep, or to give to a friend/family member, who could use it this Mother's Day!