May 28, 2011

Project Dad by Todd Cartmell

What does it take to build a great dad?

Men like to build things. We like to take parts and put them together to make a whole. Did you know that this do-it-yourself talent can help you become a great dad?

In his fresh, humorous style, Todd Cartmell takes you on an action-packed journey to help you become the dad God made you to be and that your kids hope you will be. You will learn the five key areas that every great dad needs to renovate, including how you look at, talk to, connect with, act toward, and lead your children.

Cartmell shows you that you already have the raw materials at your disposal, then gives you the blueprint for putting them together. Begin your Project Dad today. Your family will never be the same.


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 exclusively with children, adolescents, and families. He conducts parenting workshops across the country and is the author of Respectful Kids. Visit Todd's website at


You might wonder why I am writing a review for a do-it-yourself guide for becoming a great father. I have been around a lot of guys in my life who are fathers in one way or another, and many of these have impacted my life, some positively and some not. I really wanted to find out what an expert would say about what makes a great father.

In Project Dad, the author goes through some fantastic ways to develop and strengthen healthy relationships with our children. His humour is definitely entertaining, and his advice for fathers of all ages is enlightening and often profound in it's simplicity.

The five main topics include the following: How you look at your children; How you talk to your children; How you connect with your children, How you act toward your children; and How you lead your children.

Todd Cartmell uses many examples from his own family life that show simple and effective ways to guide a dad (and a mom too) in their journey as parents. Each chapter has a great summary of key points covered, as well as a section titled "Getting to Work". This part includes fantastic questions for personal reflection as well as practical ways to improve your family relationships.

My personal opinion on this book is fairly simple. If you are a dad, you could be a better dad by following the ideas in this book. If you are not yet a dad, this should be required reading before your fatherhood begins. If you are a mom, get this book for the father of your children. If you are a grandparent, get this book for the father of your grand-babies.

I give this one a huge thumbs up!!

Disclosure: Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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