Drive: 9 Ways to Motivate Your Kids to Achieve
by Janine Walker Caffrey, Ed.D.

Da Capo Press, 2008. ISBN 978-0-7382-1160-2.
Reviewed by Susan M. Andrus
Posted on 04/09/2009

Nonfiction: Life Lessons; Nonfiction: Relationships

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.

Janine Walker Caffrey, Ed.D., has more than twenty years experience in education and is the founder and head of Renaissance Academy, a private pre-K-12 school. A frequent seminar speaker, she is also director of the Drive Institute, dedicated to helping young people propel their lives forward. She lives with her family near Tampa, Florida.

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