"Raising Careful, Confident Kids in a Crazy World empowers families to live more confidently and safely in their communities. Comprehensive information, a practical, positive approach and the kind of support that today's parents need. This book is a must for every family library."
--Gary J. Kinley, Ed.D.
Executive Director, The Polly Klaas Foundation
Step by step, from preschool through grade school, "Raising Careful, Confident Kids in a Crazy World" shows parents how to teach children caution without creating fear and how to build children's self-esteem in the process. Parents' Choice Foundation Award-Winning author Paula Statman bases her program on the proven principle that kids who feel good about themselves and can talk openly about difficult or uncomfortable subjects are less likely to become victims of molestation and abuse.
With a practical, reassuring and developmental approach, Statman shows busy parents how to teach personal safety during the course of a normal daily life. Turn your nicekids into safe kids by taking advantage of "teachable moments" and by learning how to teach safety information so that your children will remember and use it. For each age and stage -- from preschool to preteen -- Statman shows how to evaluate your child's preparedness in a variety of circumstances. She offers helpful guidelines for granting freedom, privileges, and responsibility based on your child's demonstrated abilities. To help parents and teachers be effective communicators, Statman also includes sample scripts written in positive, matter-of-fact language.
Copyright © 1999 by Paula Statman. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission from the author and the publisher, Piccolo Press Publishers.
Note: In 1999, On the Safe Side was updated and published under the new title, "Raising Careful, Confident Kids in a Crazy World"