This is a relatively short book--and just the right size to digest in one or two sittings (as a Kindle version which I read it was a little over 1220 Kindle locations--the remainder being footnotes and sources).
As I read it I was reminded of some very important parenting skills and really, that is what it's all about. Some of it was very basic and probably includes a lot of what you do every day. Some is what you SHOULD do every day but may forget. Some was some very specific to situations that may or may not apply. Overall it is nice having it all together in an easily read volume (though I did skip over a few things not relevant--but the sections certainly fit well and were important for a book of this scope).
To give potential readers an idea, here is the table of contents with some commentary:
1. What is Motivation?
Part 1: The Building blocks of Motivation
2. The First Building Block: Relationship (the importance of building the parent/child relationship and things to do to help)
3. The Second Building Block: A Good Example (modeling good behavior/examples)
4. The Third Building Block: Expectations (living up --or down-- to expectations...expectations are huge drivers)
5. The Fourth Building Block: A Healthy Perspective
Part 2: Motivation Boosters
6. Motivation Booster #1: Patience (importance of age appropriate and significant transitions such as elementary school to middle school)
7. Motivation Booster #2: Storytelling (life, the world, real and made up...and some very specific advice as well)
8. Motivation Booster #3: Developing Curiosity (explanation and lots of very specific ideas)
9. Motivation Booster #4: Learning About the World (lots of broad and specific advice that would have to be tailored to your particular family)
10. Motivation Booster#5: The Attitudes of Responsibility and Optimism (the parents' so that the child may learn!)
Part 3: Motivation Busters
11. Motivation Buster #1: Perfectionism (both inherent in the child and from the parents...um Tiger Mom anyone???)
12. Motivation Buster #2: Attention Problems (includes some details of the not-so-typical problems as well as avoiding 'throwing medication' at the issue)
12. Motivation Buster #3: Single Parent Families (this is NOT an indictment against single parents, but addresses the extra difficulties and gives more strategies)
14. Motivation Buster #4: Burnout (very important!!)
Epilogue: Motivation and Success
About the Author
Not specifically spelled out above include issues of cheating, late bloomers, faith, learning vs test scores, play and friendships for example.
Really quite a nice read and Highly Recommended!