Parenting is definitely the most challenging, yet most rewarding, job you will ever do. My husband and I have five kids, ages 26 down to 9. I am often asked what stage is the hardest. I’ve probably said this before, but honestly, it’s true, – the hardest stage is whichever stage you are currently in. And if you have a large spread in ages like we do, sometimes you are lucky enough to juggle more than one stage at a time. For me, the hardest stage is 18-22 years. At that point, you are stepping back and watching with baited breath, as your baby (they will always be your baby, right??!!) tries out their “adult wings”. It’s more of the hands-off season yet any mistakes they make now, usually have the toughest consequences. You must pray and hope that all of the years of training prior to this time, has equipped them. During this time, they seem least resistant to your advice, yet they need it more than ever. It’s also the time that your relationship gradually starts shifting a little more towards the friend role. Hopefully, you and your children actually like to spend time with each other and it’s wonderful to be able to just hang out with them and not constantly be worrying about them misbehaving, getting lost, bickering with each other, or whatever the struggles were when they were younger.
However, during those years in the trenches, how often do you ever have time to take a break from actual parenting to read a book to help you do just that?? I tell young moms-to-be to read parenting books before they ever get pregnant because once the babies start coming, you don’t have as much time to read. That’s why I am excited to share this book with you. It has short, concise chapters. It’s very practical. It’s “real”. And it has enough humor to make it ever more enjoyable. Before I knew it, I had already read half the book just the first day!
About the Book
8 Simple Tools for Raising Great Kids gives you practical insight into the toolbox you need for successful parenting. To do any job correctly, you must have the correct tools. The following tools are covered:
There’s five short chapters assigned to each tool. At the end of each chapter, there’s a tip given and points to consider to help you really grasp what you’ve read and apply the principles. There’s assessments available on the website, that will help determine your parenting strengths and your effectiveness.
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About the Author
Dr. Todd Cartmell has over twenty years as a child psychologist. He has written five faith-based parenting books, created The Flexible Thinking Game, and has spoken at numerous conferences. He currently resides in Illinois with his wife and two sons.
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