- Paperback: 280 pages
- Publisher: B3 Books; 1 edition (June 27, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780971144736
- ISBN-13: 978-0971144736
- ASIN: 0971144737
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #904,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Safety Godmothers: The ABCs of Awareness, Boundaries and Confidence for Teens Paperback – June 27, 2014
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The Safety Godmothers is an uplifting and inspiring book that leaves the reader cheering for each of the protagonists in these true stories. The writing is fresh and clear, with generous helpings of humor.
The stories show how people effectively deal with a dangerous situation, often using ingenuity rather than force. Best of all, this book shows how you can become your own hero.
Written primarily for teens, parents and adults can also use this book in so many ways. Read it with your teen!
-- Cristael Ann Bengtson (educator & author), September 8, 2014
From the Back Cover
QUOTES FROM TEENS -- BOTH GIRLS AND BOYS -- WHO HAVE TAKEN AN IMPACT PERSONAL SAFETY COURSE
"I am more aware of situations and how to stay safe."
"I've felt an incredible transformation in my confidence and my awareness."
"I learned how to avoid bad situations before they occur."
"I now have calm and confidence in the face of distress."
"My favorite part was hitting the guy and not getting in trouble!"
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The fact that world-renowned expert Gavin de Becker participated in this book is like getting Oprah to introduce your talk show.
Lisa Gaeta has been training women and teens for longer than anyone in the country (note: longer than ANYONE) with IMPACT PERSONAL SAFETY, her practical style of personal safety class.
Numerous copycats have popped up since its inception - unfortunately spreading well-intentioned, but often useless information, spreading more fear and anxiety. One of the reasons it is anxiety-producing to discuss these things with teens is because, we, ourselves were never properly informed.
And if that wasn't enough, the Godmothers demonstrate, even if we KNEW what to do, in any given situation, we often FREEZE in the moment of fear or intimidation (as Ms Snortland herself did during a fateful transaction which turned her into a crusader for teaching women and teens other options).
These simple and powerful boundary-setting techniques work on bullies, with friends, with creepy adults, and in general, can DAILY because they are "being polite" or were never taught to set an effective boundary.
Now, after years teaching others these techniques, this life-saving intelligence is finally available in book form.
Do yourself a favor and read this book first yourself; you'll find much of it common sense finally worded in such a way that you will want to convert these concepts into action.
... and make no mistake about it: Let us pray for the fool who attacks these two nice ladies in an alley. They will NOT know what hit them.
Written by two professionals in self-defense, Ellen Snortland and Lisa Gaeta, this book provides answers to a variety of situations ranging from physical attacks to psychological putdowns. Imbued with wisdom and common sense, "The Safety Godmothers" combines old-fashioned advice with self-defense tactics that literally anyone, any age can use. These include: the importance of â€œNo!â€ Heed our sensesâ€”theyâ€™re our early warning system. Our inborn defense system. How to verbally set boundaries. How our fear of displeasing others diminishes us. Letting others be more important/take precedence over us. Building up self-confidence. And the most important message of all: everyone needs to know how to be their first responder.
This is a book for mothers and teenagers, both male and female, to read. Itâ€™s also a book for college students, career women, working women, old ladies, and young men. It is profound, irreverent, humorous, hard-sell, serious, intense, and light-hearted. The vignettes illustrate potential danger situations and are highly relevant in the context of self-defense.
This book teaches, counsels, assists, whispers in your ear and shouts from the rooftops, â€œLearn to defend yourself!!!â€ It is a treasure trove of information. Importantly, the reader will enjoy reading it.
With mantras like “If you can imagine it, you can do it yourself,” the writers seek to reverse the doctrines like, “you always have to be well mannered and respectful” that many have been taught from a young age. No more people pleasing when it comes to protecting yourself, which means learning to say “no” with conviction. The book describes how men and women of all ages avoided precarious situations, emphasizing the importance of getting out of dangerous situations by using your words and actions to avoid conflict.
I would recommend this book to anyone, female or male, who thinks they may at one point in their life, be found in a dangerous situation. And especially for the person who thinks that they will not.
I am happy to report, “The Safety Godmothers,” has inspired my daughter to enroll in an IMPACT Personal Safety course and learn more about protecting herself. Thank you, Snortland and Gaeta. #ProudDadHere