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In this valuable, even necessary, book, he shatters many myths about the typical profiles of regular offenders and the prevalence of such problems as sexual abuse and kidnapping. He also deconstructs the wisdom of traditional maxims such as "Never talk to strangers" and "If you are ever lost, go to a policeman." Without offering a compendium of every conceivable danger, he identifies warning signals and real risks that are often easy to spot once you know what to look for. He offers practical advice on recognizing signs of sexual abuse, choosing a baby sitter or nanny, how to prepare kids for walking to school alone, and how to teach children about potential risks without making them afraid to venture out of the house. And he continually stresses that denial and ignoring intuition are the biggest mistakes that parents make in protecting their kids from those that mean them harm. Well written and infinitely informative, Protecting the Gift affords parents more confidence and less reason for unnecessary worry. --Shawn Carkonen --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A "must read" for all parents. Practical advice without being anxiety provoking.Published 3 hours ago by Amy
This is a very useful book with practical, real-world tips for keeping your children safe. Gavin de Becker is not an alarmist, but he does not shy away from the realities faced by... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
This is a difficult but necessary book to read. I think it's difficult because reading about children being hurt is painful. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Jersey Strong
Fantastic. Avoids fear mongering and delivers concrete steps you can take to improve your safety and the safety of your kids.Published 6 days ago by J. Betzer
One of the best books to gift new parents!! Informational and puts a lot of fear to rest.Published 2 months ago by Amy Ridgway
I felt much more comfortable talking with my daughter about safety after reading this book. It also put my mind more at ease, if that can be done these days.Published 2 months ago by Anne Devine