Quick Book Review: Protecting the Gift

Protecting The Gift: Keeping Children and Teenagers Safe (and Parents Sane) is by author Gavin De Becker, author of The Gift of Fear. In Protecting the Gift De Becker talks about some similar things from The Gift of Fear, but expands upon to look at the most important job a parent has, protecting their children.

De Becker talks about many things that parents deal with such as picking a babysitter, but offering the insight he has on predicting violent behavior. De Becker also writes about areas parents tend to teach their children and shows how it is actually the wrong thing to teach them and offers an alternative. An example of this is “never talk to strangers.” I was taught this, and remember the kid’s book that De Becker mentions. But assume your child is in trouble, don’t you want them seeking help? De Becker offers advice on what we can teach our children in picking someone to talk to for help.

One part I found helpful is De Becker’s “The Test of Twelve.” These are twelve items relevant to protecting your child from violence and sexual predators. These are things your child should know, excluding the obvious such as address and phone number, before they venture out alone. Anyone responsible for the care of a child should be familiar with these twelve items and talk about them with their child.

In all, a very good book for parents and I recommend it, along with The Gift of Fear.

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