This book is written in the form of a story. My hunch is that it's to supply a *lot* of filler to an idea that could be easily explained in a few pages. As it is, I still finished it in an hour. Even though it didn't take long, I was still highly annoyed at the waste of my time reading so much fluff for so little substance. A young pregnant woman interviews a woman and her grown daughters about what makes a good mom. There are no real-life examples, studies, anecdotes, etc. Basically it boils down to three tips: set individual and family goals and review them daily; catch your kids doing things right and praise them; and address infractions ASAP and condemn the behavior, not the child. Pretty basic stuff. The only reason I gave this book two stars instead of one is because the advice is sound, if simple. If you're still curious, go to the bookstore and take two minutes to look at the diagram toward the end of the book. It explains everything succinctly, and you'll have saved yourself an hour and $10.