Date: August 2003
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Nonfiction / Adult Parenting
|Reviewer: Lynda E. Lukow
How to Talk to Your Kids About School Violence
By Dr. Ken Druck
Oregon. Fayetteville, Tennessee. Edinboro, Pennsylvania. Santee,
California. Each of these is an entry in a growing list of communities
whose peace had been shattered by school violence. While officials
and administrators are striving to prevent recurrences, many parents
are wondering what they can do to protect their children. If you
fit into that category, How to Talk to Your Kids About School
Violence by Dr. Ken Druck is the resource you're seeking.
children's safety begins with open communication. If your present
conversations are lacking, don't fret. The guidelines begin with
twenty small but positive steps to attain/maintain positive communication.
The Parents' Violence-Protection Toolbox contains excellent safeguards
caregivers can utilize. The Child's Violence-Protection Toolbox
includes tips on anger management and dealing with bullies.
incredible as the fact may be, students do bring weapons to school.
Does your child know what to do if he sees a knife in someone's
backpack? What if she finds an unattended pistol? Open a discussion
using Dr. Druck's sensible suggestions before tragedy strikes. Hopefully
you'll never need the chapters that deal with firsthand and distant
Druck assisted after the Columbine and Santana High School shootings
and also knows firsthand the grief of losing a child. He realizes
the challenges parents face and includes "Reality Checks",
which encourage caregivers to keep moving forward after a stumble.
The guidelines, written in everyday language, and the amiable tone
made me feel like a learned friend was sharing advice over a cup
of coffee. Due to a recent incident involving one daughter's knife-possessing
peer, I hosted a family discussion regarding weapons in school.
Bolstered by Dr. Druck's advice, I sent my children to bed feeling
empowered, not frightened. Their feedback assured me our school
district has enacted proper precautions outlined in the chapter,
"What's Being Done to Create Safe Schools". Can you say
you read only one parenting book this year, choose How to Talk
to Your Kids About School Violence. You won't regret it!