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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.
Parents, especially moms, and especially parents of daughters, if you never read any other book ever again, this will be the one to read before that time comes! Read morePublished 29 days ago by Kristaleighbird
This is an extremely helpful book for parents of children. I've found myself recommending it quite frequently.Published 1 month ago by Amanda S.
After reading this book, I feel much better-equipped to protect my child (and myself!) from the hazards posed by people with bad intentions. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sadie Carter
Thought-provoking and practical tips for facing tough subjects with our children.Published 2 months ago by rebecca
Much practical advice here. Encouraging intuition, immediate outcry, discouraging protection orders, and 'choose not be chosen'. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Daylight Vision
Gavin De Becker is an excellent writer. And even as an adult without children of my own to protect, just reading about the warning signs of predators makes this a worthy read.Published 3 months ago by ragtime
I believe everyone who has children, works with children, or has children in their lives should read this book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer