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Drive: 9 Ways to Motivate Your Kids to Achieve Paperback – July 22, 2008
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"With quizzes, anecdotes, and strategies, this is an excellent resource for parents and teachers."
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"It's a welcome reminder that not every kid in the world is a gifted go-getter...chock-full of suggestions...I find it refreshing to see someone focusing on all those kids who are kind of stuck in the middle, who may need a good kick in the butt to help them make more of themselves."
"Williamson Parent," August 2008
"A smart read for parents who want to inspire their children and develop motivation."
"Raising Arizona Kids," October 2008
"This book uniquely offers...astute observations about 'millenials'...[Caffrey's] in a position to know what she is talking about."
Kathie Lee on the "Today Show," 11/10/08
"Go out and get this book!"
"Newark Star-Ledger," 11/4/08
"[Caffrey's] advice is practical and precise."
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The book is a quick read but chock full of sound advice. Dr. Caffrey offers specific suggestions for each developmental stage. Her goal is to help us be what she calls a "pathfinder parent" who plays an active role in our child's life but without crossing the line into overly involved "helicopter" parenting.
Highly recommended for all parents!
We keep our children in a plastic bubble trying to protect them from harm, bullies, predators and other dangers. Although we think they are safe, our actions prevent them from learning self-reliance and motivation. We program them to stay busy during their waking hours when they really need free time to find out what interests them and naturally inspires them to drive for more.
Chapters arranged by suggestions for keeping kids moving help parents control without becoming helicopter parents. Taking away the plastic bubble of protection, allowing natural consequences, encouraging creativity, reducing comfort, delaying gratification and other topics lead parents toward putting their child in the driver's seat. This book provides practical ways to prevent every parent's nightmare of grown children camping out on the couch during the day, partying all night, and eating all the food without helping to keep the household running smoothly.
by Susan M. Andrus
for Story Circle Book Reviews
reviewing books by, for, and about women
Caffrey has outlined nine key areas of focus that raise confidence and inspire motivation within children. Each section is fully equipped with examples, suggestions, and a list of do's and don'ts. The concepts Caffrey presents are not complicated, yet they are clearly built upon a solid foundation of logic making them both easy to follow and simple to grasp.
Any parent is aware there is nothing easy about raising children, especially trying develop high achievers. This book is a qualified step in the right direction and one I believe any parent would be well served reading.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed the book and the concept. Yes, we as a society are making things too easy on our kids. It doesn't lead to good outlooks. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Busy Beaver
Not a very informative read. Most of it seems common sense to me. Only read if you're a completely clueless parent.Published on February 8, 2014 by Michelle
Started off as a really good read but it never really gave answers was more focused on the issues which are good to knowPublished on June 20, 2013 by Nigel Wareham
This book was garbage. The most infantile suggestions. Very rigid thought processes. Save your dollars and use your own common sense.Published on December 28, 2012 by Bibitka
I'm always looking for more parenting advice, so, I can stay one step ahead! Very good advice in here. Read morePublished on December 20, 2011 by Mae
I bought this book as an introduction to the techniques of our new Superintendent of Schools in Perth Amboy,NJ boy are we in trouble. Read morePublished on November 18, 2011 by Mom of 3