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Protecting the Gift: Keeping Children and Teenagers Safe (And Parents Sane) | [Gavin De Becker]

Protecting the Gift: Keeping Children and Teenagers Safe (And Parents Sane)

In his groundbreaking best seller The Gift of Fear, Gavin de Becker showed millions of readers that, like every creature on earth, human beings can predict violent behavior. Now, in this exclusive audio presentation of Protecting the Gift, de Becker empowers parents to fully trust their own intuition when it comes to their children's safety. In this indispensable resource, de Becker provides keen insights into the behavior and strategies of predators. He offers practical new steps to enhance children's safety at every age level: specific questions parents can ask to effectively screen and evaluate babysitters, daycare services, schools, and doctors; a "Test of 12" safety skills children need before being alone in public; warning signs to help parents protect children from sexual abuse; and how to keep teenage girls and boys from unsafe situations with peers and adults. De Becker also shatters the myth that rules like "Never talk to strangers" will keep your children safe. By showing what danger really looks like - as opposed to what we might imagine it looks like - de Becker gives parents freedom from many common worries and unwarranted fears.
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In his groundbreaking best seller The Gift of Fear, Gavin de Becker showed millions of readers that, like every creature on earth, human beings can predict violent behavior. Now, in this exclusive audio presentation of Protecting the Gift, de Becker empowers parents to fully trust their own intuition when it comes to their children's safety. In this indispensable resource, de Becker provides keen insights into the behavior and strategies of predators. He offers practical new steps to enhance children's safety at every age level: specific questions parents can ask to effectively screen and evaluate babysitters, daycare services, schools, and doctors; a "Test of 12" safety skills children need before being alone in public; warning signs to help parents protect children from sexual abuse; and how to keep teenage girls and boys from unsafe situations with peers and adults. De Becker also shatters the myth that rules like "Never talk to strangers" will keep your children safe. By showing what danger really looks like - as opposed to what we might imagine it looks like - de Becker gives parents freedom from many common worries and unwarranted fears.

©1999 Gavin De Becker; (P)1999 Random House, Inc., Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, A Division of Random House, Inc.

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    flotcha Green River, WY 10-08-11
    flotcha Green River, WY 10-08-11 Member Since 2005
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    "Every High School Freshman Should Be Required"

    This is one of the most important and best-presented books I've ever listened to. It tells what parents, children and especially young women need to know to keep from becoming victims of violent crime. I've been in law enforcement for a long time, and much was eye-opening to me. The only drawback is that it is severely abridged, and there is no unabridged version.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    S Willow Beach, ON, Canada 05-29-10
    S Willow Beach, ON, Canada 05-29-10 Member Since 2004
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    "A Must Read (or listen) for all parents"

    Protecting the gift picks up where "Gift of Fear" leaves off. It is full of insights into keeping your child (as well as yourself) safe. What he says makes so much sense - I have already recommended it to several friends, and will continue to do so! Thank you for an amazing work!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sean FORT COLLINS, CO, United States 03-26-13
    Sean FORT COLLINS, CO, United States 03-26-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Anti-gun rant a real dissaponiment"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, with the caveat that De Becker goes on an anti-gun rant that is truly reprehensible at this point. The information is quite good and likely to prove helpful to anyone who pays attention.


    Would you recommend Protecting the Gift to your friends? Why or why not?

    Pretty sure I just answered this same question in the item above.


    What aspect of Gavin De Becker’s performance would you have changed?

    See item1 above. Great information and expertise, lose the political perspective.


    Do you think Protecting the Gift needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Charlotte Hart Hubbs Knightdale, NC 07-05-12
    Charlotte Hart Hubbs Knightdale, NC 07-05-12

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    "Amazing Insight"
    What made the experience of listening to Protecting the Gift the most enjoyable?

    This really gives you something to think long and hard about!! Open your eyes and look around. Always be aware of your surroundings and teach this to all those precious to you.


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    "Hard to read"

    Be someone who sees what "is" to make wise choices about Family safety. It is so much easier to not think about bad things but that does not prevent them from happening.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mary-Jeanin Altamonte Springs, FL, USA 05-29-03
    Mary-Jeanin Altamonte Springs, FL, USA 05-29-03
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    "Very useful and insightful"

    I listened to the entire book with rapt attention, the author manages to take a possibly dry topic and insert enough real life anecdotes to keep one riveted. I have told many friends about this book and will now purchase the print version as one of my reference books. As good as the audio is, I think the a print copy will help when referencing a particular point or chapter.

    3 of 11 people found this review helpful
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