In 8 Simple Tools for Raising Great Kids, Dr. Todd Cartmell captures eight components of a solid foundation for effective parenting. Dr. Cartmell’s book is broken into the eight tools of talking, listening, influencing, connecting, teaching, encouraging, correcting and leading. Each section holds five short chapters that each introduce and explain a tip for implementing the tool. 8 Simple Tools for Raising Great Kids is teeming with examples from Dr. Cartmell’s experience, both personal and professional. He also incorporates numerous analogies between concepts and everyday objects; the analogies help readers to quickly and clearly understand the concepts presented.
The structure of 8 Simple Tools for Raising Great Kids allows readers to study at the unique pace desired by each person. The length of the chapters caters well to readers who desire to think about a small amount of material at a time.
Although I am not a parent, I found numerous tips beneficial in my career in administration. Leading others can be a challenging task; sometimes the behavior or choices of others can provoke frustration, irritation, or anger. Dr. Cartmell’s tips for parents are applicable for managers and directors as well. Suggestions such as pausing, affirming positive behavior, and providing constructive correction serve well in the workforce as well as in the home.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in order to write an honest, unbiased review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.