***I was chosen to review this book in exchange for my honest opinion****

Is there such thing as the perfect parent? I have learned that here is no one way of parenting I have two kids one aged 2 and the other is 5, and they are two different individuals who have to need to be treated differently. While I can draw on some aspects of my grandmother’s parenting, I cannot use all of her parenting techniques because it catered toward my personality.

This book 8 simple tools raising great kids explains that there are eight tools to building a relationship with your children. The eight tools are


I truly understand why they say your house is your first ministry if you can tackle this advice in your home you are better equipped to handle things on the outside. Throughout the chapters, you have personal stories then you get talking tips and reflective questions at the end of each chapter.

Some of my favorite tips from the book are

1.When you listen to understand, your kids will want to unload their trucks in your zone on a regular basis.
2.Your children don’t have a negative behavior to stop; they have an important lesson to learn.
3.When you live by faith with your kids, you are writing God’s commands on the door frames of their hearts.

This book has inspired me to think really about the way that I parent and to remember that I am not raising a perfect child but one that fears the Lord.

About the author

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 sons.

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