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Editorial Reviews

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"Library Journal"
"With quizzes, anecdotes, and strategies, this is an excellent resource for parents and teachers."

"Washington Post" "The Checkup" blog
"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."

About the Author

Janine Walker Caffrey, Ed. D., is the founder and head of The Renaissance Academy, a private K-12 school. She lives in Tampa, Florida.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (July 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738211605
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738211602
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #426,727 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By CrimsonGirl VINE VOICE on July 12, 2009
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I almost didn't read "Drive" because of the front cover where it indicates the book is geared towards parents of children in middle school & up. My oldest is only 6 3/4 at the moment so I've got a ways to go before she gets to middle school. But I'm very glad that I decided to take a chance on "Drive" because it's one of the best parenting books I've read in a while.

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!
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I have a gifted child who is home schooled and was looking for some insights on helping her develop better self drive in accomplishing tasks. This book was a HUGE disappointment. All the points in it are re-hashes of any generic self help book. There are no real skill sets described or taught and no new information on DOING things to develop drive to achieve in a child. Very very disappointed. I read straight through to page 90 or so without reading a single sentence of anything new, refreshing, insightful, and especially not any specific skills to learn. Generic relationship book, poor read in relation to the title, and not at all well written. It read more like a generic article on ask.com. You will have better information and skills by reading parenting resources written by Jim Lahay (love and logic) or Mr. Lehman of The Total Transformation.
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Is your child still a couch potato in your living room at the age of thirty? Janine Walker Caffrey shows how to reverse mistakes so that he develops the drive to get up, get going, and get a real life. Starting with three Driving Tests designed for parents of middle school children, college students, or adults, a set of questions to determine your child's drive level and guide your child back on track.

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
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Dr. Caffrey's book is a real gem! I heard her give a powerful, insightful speech on parenting and education. This book is a MUST READ for any parent. I now understand things about motivating and encouraging my daughter that I'd never even considered before. We all want our children to succeed, to be self-motivated, to care about their futures and their education. "Drive" helps you parent in a way that turns on your child's inner motivation - no more pushing them. Imagine that! Best of all, although my daughter is in high school already, it's apparently never too late to start. I recommend this book highly to anyone who works with children, has children or even wants to have children. And Barack Obama, if you're reading this, you need to make this woman Secretary of Education.
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I bought this book to help reinforce my views and to get some moral support for a very tough decision. It is an excellent book for parents who have been hovering over their child(ren), and need to find the right frame of mind and perspective on how to best ready them for the world beyond high school.
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I'm always looking for more parenting advice, so, I can stay one step ahead! Very good advice in here. It is also nice to keep on hand and refer back to, you can quickly thumb thru the pages and get to the subject you want.
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"Drive is the need or desire to accomplish. People with high levels of drive will manage risks and overcome obstacles."(page 21). This quote defines the essence of the entire book, and everything included within the pages is designed to promote a mindset in your children that establishes this drive.

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.
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