Raising Kids Who Can Protect Themselves / Edition 1

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A dynamic program for

empowering children to

protect themselves

In Raising Kids Who Can Protect Themselves,

Debbie and Mike Gardner share their

decades of self-defense experience to show

parents how to teach their children

courage—the trait needed to make brave,

smart, and safe choices, no matter what their

age, no matter what the situation. Raising

Kids Who Can Protect Themselves helps

families foster courage in their children at

an early age so that it becomes an inherent

trait, rather than a situational need.

The book features:

  • Age-appropriate methods to instill

    courage in children without creating fear

  • Courage coaching as a way to create

    a “family” defense system

  • Lifesaving skills, such as quality eye

    contact, voice control, breathing, control

    of inappropriate crying, development of

    positive self-talk, and space awareness

  • Ways to reduce children’s vulnerability
  • Site-specific survival strategies, from

    parties to the mall to sports practice

Every time I watch the nightly news, I thank God my wife and children have been trained by Debbie and Mike Gardner. Please, please, please read this book as a family. You will learn how to avoid the most dangerous situations and fight your way out of the rest. We live in a very different world today—arm your family with the power of this book.
-Cris Collinsworth, Sports Commentator for Fox/HBO Sports

This book is brave, bold and one of the most important books I’ve read in a long time. A must for parents everywhere.
-Doug Hall, Author of Jump Start Your Business Brain

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071437981
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/24/2004
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 815,115
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Debbie Gardner (Cincinnati, OH) was a deputy

sheriff for the Cincinnati Sheriff’s Department

for eight years. Mike Gardner (Cincinnati, OH)

was a 28-year veteran sergeant of the Cincinnati

Police Division. The Gardners are the

founders of the Survive Institute, a company

that offers courage-based personal protection

seminars. Their clients include American

Airlines, IBM, Procter & Gamble, and General

Motors, among many others.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2007

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    How do you prepare a child for the danger of daily living and still raise a confident human being? You read this book. I thought I'd read everything available on self-defense for children so I was stunned to stumble across this treasure. Most books have a good tip or two in them but few are practical, and some are downright dangerous. This is the first I've found that offers a parent a complete process for raising a strong and safe child. This book won't give you statistics or the details of predator psychology - vital information for parents - but you can read up on those separately. Meanwhile, don't skip the small stuff. There are powerful messages tucked into single paragraphs in this book. I disagree with the author in only one area - the need for long-term physical self-defense instruction - but understand his concern because of the lack of practical application to real-world scenarios in most martial arts schools. Real self-defense schools are difficult to find... so read this book! I definately recommend this for parents of children ages 3 to 16.

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