Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Project Dad by Todd Cartmell

If you want to raise great kids, the first step is to become a great dad!

A Complete Do-it-Yourself Guide for Becoming a Great Father

There is a do-it-yourselfer in every man. He looks for a project to do on weekends, but what about the project of becoming a better dad? Project Dad (ISBN: 978-0-8007-1999-9, April 2011, $12.99) is a humorous, enjoyable, biblically-based guidebook written for dads by a dad. Author, Todd Cartmell, Psy.D., takes readers on a fun and compelling journey of re-building a dad to become a great dad if you want to raise great kids.

Project Dad speaks the language of dads: short entertaining chapters, tongue-in-cheek humor, references to BBQ and a complete look at what it takes to be a great dad. The chapters are broken into five key components:
  • 1. How to look at your children
  • 2. How to talk to your children
  • 3. How to connect with your children
  • 4. How to act toward your children
  • 5. How to lead your children
At the end of each chapter, there are discussion questions making this book ideal for individual or group study.

This guidebook encourages fathers to raise their children with a renewed sense of purpose and gives them the tools they need to become the dad their children are longing for.

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 I think this book should be titled Project Parent.  Why? because I believe this book isn't just for Dads.  I think if a mom picked up this book she could learn from it as well.  The author is very funny in spots, but his advice to dads can also be given to moms. 

Todd Cartmell is a licensed clinical psychologist and a father of two. He is in full-time private practice in Wheaton, Illinois, where he works with children, adolescents, and families. He lives in Geneva, Illinois, with his family.
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Project Dad is a humorous and practical guide book written by a dad to other dads. Todd’s warm and engaging style will have fathers laughing from the first few pages, and gives doable hands-on advice for becoming a great dad. You can read much more in the attached press release. This book will make an excellent Father’s Day gift!

12 Rules for Raising Delinquent Children
By Paul Banas
(*note:  this is not written by this book author, I found it on-line)

Want to know the best way to raise delinquent children? Read a humorous take on turning your children into perfect monsters.

• Begin at infancy to give your children everything they want. In this way, the children grow up believing that the world owes them something.

• When they pick up bad words laugh at them. This will make them think they are cute and encourage them to pick up cuter phrases that will blow your mind.

• Never give them any spiritual training. Let them wait until they are 21 and let them decide for themselves.

• Avoid using the word “wrong”. It may develop a guilt complex. This will condition them to believe later, when they are arrested for stealing a car, that society is against them and they are being persecuted.

• Pick up all they leave lying around the house - books, shoes, clothing. Do everything for them so they will be experienced in throwing all responsibility to someone else.

• Let them read any printed matter they can get their hands on. Be sure to sterilize the silverware, plates, and dishes, but let their minds feast on all kinds of garbage.

• Quarrel frequently in the presence of your children. That way, they will not be shocked when the home breaks up later.

• Give the children all the spending money they want. And never let them earn their own. Why should they have it as tough as we had it?

• Satisfy their every craving for food, drink, and sensual pursuits. See that all their desires are gratified. Denial may lead to harmful frustrations.

• Always take your child’s side against the neighbors, teachers, and police. They are all prejudiced against your child.

• When they get into real trouble, apologize for yourself by saying, I never could do anything with them.

• Prepare yourself for a life of grief. For you probably will have it.

Thanks to Revell for supplying me with a copy of Project Dad to offer as a giveaway to one of my readers.  To enter this giveaway leave a comment telling me something you remember about your dad, a quality your dad had or wish he had, funny story (or a not so funny), Or if you want to share why your dad is the best.  The comment must be dad related.  Please I must limit this to US residents only as I sent a book to Canada last week and it cost me almost $9.00 I can't afford that too many times.  I'm sorry.  I will choose a winner on June 1st and hopefully have the book to the winner in time for Father's Day.

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Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, offers practical books that bring the Christian faith to everyday life. They publish resources from a variety of well-known brands and authors, including their partnership with MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and Hungry Planet.

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Unknown said...

Awww! This looks like an awesome Father's Day gift! Thanks!!

Unknown said...

The Canada thing was funny... my last giveaway I sent one to Cali & one to Canada... the one to Cali cost $2 more. UGH!!

My Dad? Well, I don't remember much. It was Pop who was there for me. All the time. He always made me feel like I was important. I miss him so very much & I cry sometimes that my children never got to meet him. He would have adored them!

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