Gavin De Becker - Protecting the Gift: Keeping Children & Teenagers Safe (And Parents Sane)

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  • If there ever was an "owner's manual" for children, this would be it

    Dec 13, 2005 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: ideas on how to listen to intuition to keep you and your loved ones safe
    Cons: some stories and ideas are repeated from The Gift of Fear, not necessarily a "con"

    Summary: I wish I had heard of this author a long time ago. His books have empowered me beyond my wildest imagination. As a teenager, I had to park my car at the curb of our middle-class neighborhood street and walk to the front door of our house. I usually ... read more

  • Best Advice for Parents!

    Feb 1, 2008 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Lots of good advice to education your child
    Cons: None

    Summary: My sister got this book for me along with The Gift of Fear by the same author. She saw it on Oprah. She also has a daycare and actually gives this book to all her parents. I have a 6 year old and am always worried what harm could happen to him. This ... read more

  • Empowered Again

    May 9, 2002 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: great information in easy to read format with interesting vignettes
    Cons: follow-up to recent school shooting would be helpful

    Summary: I read Gavin de Becker's previous book, The Gift of Fear, and loved it. So I was excited when I stumbled across this book at the library. I have two children, one boy and one girl, so this book was very interesting to me. The book begins ... read more

  • Buy this for your parent friends

    May 25, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Excellent book for any parent.
    Cons: Frightening.

    Summary: This is an excellent self-help and parenting book for any parent at any level. It provides valuable information to help you in protecting your child(ren). De Becker reminds us to listen to and follow our primitive instincts to provide the ultimate ... read more

  • Better Safe Than Sorry

    Jun 6, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Valuable safety advice
    Cons: None

    Summary: This book is a real eye opener for all parents. Gavin de Becker is one of Oprah's "tell it like it is" guests and I'm thankful for his skill. I first recall seeing de Becker on Oprah a few years ago after he wrote his first book, "The ... read more

  • Forget the flowers, give Mom this book for Mother's Day

    Apr 25, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: It awakens you to danger signals you never recognized
    Cons: none

    Summary: As a Grandfather, I wish I had the information in this book when my children were at home. I listened to the audiotape read by the author and was amazed at some of the incidents described by De Becker. He outlines several events that were similar to ... read more

  • ALL parents MUST read this!

    Jan 31, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Easy to read, doesn't just lecture
    Cons: Many frightening stories

    Summary: This book is absolutely excellent. It is full of ideas for protecting our children in all kinds of situations. It doesn't just lecture, it gives examples, statistics, and answers.It suggests how and when to talk to your children about different dangers ... read more

  • Don't be a Denier

    Jan 28, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Straight forward, easy to read text. Blunt, but valuable information
    Cons: none

    Summary: This is a hard book to read because you don't ever want to imagine that your child would have to face a physically or emotionally dangerous situation. But, that is the first thing the author makes you do: Admit to yourself that it CAN happen. This was ... read more

  • A Must Read for Parents and Caregivers alike.

    Jan 23, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Valuable resource list as well as his straightforwardness with the facts and solutions.
    Cons: None from my standpoint. But it will make you think....! :o)

    Summary: This book is packed full of information for parents or anyone that deals with children. The first chapter will have you hooked. The writing style is easy to follow and the real life facts are a valuable resource for so called "overprotective" ... read more

  • That book helped me a big time!

    Jan 20, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Educate moms to protect their children
    Cons: Scary & Sad facts to make you cry, but we need to know the facts of our society

    Summary: The author, Gavin De Becker, did a terrific job with that book! I can imagine how hard work he collected all the facts and information. Before I purchased this book. I used to worry so much about admit my daughter to the school or hire a ... read more

  • Required reading for Parents

    Jan 19, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Stuffed with info, easy to read
    Cons: repeated parts from previous book.

    Summary: This book gave me nightmares! It's not really meant to, Gavin de Becker's motive is really to open the eyes of parents and to ease their worries. The concept behind the book is two fold: 1) Worrying can actually endanger you or your child ... read more

  • Moms, Please Read

    Jan 14, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great information, fairly easy read
    Cons: Must be able to concentrate on what the author is saying. Not a book to skim.

    Summary: My mother in law got me this book as a gift for Christmas and I can't stress enough how important I feel this book is to mothers. In this book, Gavin De Becker had me rethink everything I thought about the safety of my child. For example "Don't ... read more

  • If you have children please read this book!

    Jan 11, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Just the facts and lots of help
    Cons: none

    Summary: This is a great book for all parents. Gavin De Becker tells the parent the way it is. No over the top scare tactics. This is a book full of statistics and full of good advice on how to keep your children safe. As I read this book I was marking pages ... read more

  • A must read for parents!

    Jan 10, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Fantastic read, won't take long at all!
    Cons: Truth can be scary, don't let that turn you off

    Summary: This is an absolute must read for all parents! You will probably not find another parenting book quite like this. Gavin DeBecker puts parenting at a completely different slant in this informative book. His writing style is very down to earth and ... read more

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