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Badass Parenting


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Great advice on how to protect your most valuable assets: your own children.

Badass Parenting sounds like it is the guidebook how how to be a cool parent, how to let you child be themselves and love you. It is actually much more than that. This book is how to be a parent in the world today. A world that has abuse and mental illness and all kinds of scary things waiting around the corner.

The first part of the book discusses abuse. A number of statistics are given, some scarier than others, and it talks about the different situations were abuse can occur (ranging from siblings to parents to relatives to caregivers). The second part talks about a number of dangers, starting with bullying, which is enough to make me want to take my kids and put them in a bubble and not let them out until they are in college. The way that people (especially females) bully one another is sometimes passive-aggressive and just brutal. It makes me nervous when the author talks about the different types of children most likely to be bullied (LGBTQ+, those with social/emotional/physical issues). Next are digital dangers, which are just as scary because it is SO easy to get involved with an online predator and not realize it until it's too late. Last are sexual molestation and assault and child abductions.

For me, the book doesn't give enough good information how to help your child, including how to initiate a discussion and get them to talk to you. It does mention signs to look for, but getting a child to talk is so important.

The section on digital dangers was the best, because it actually talked about what to do and what to look for with your child to help them to learn about what to do and what no to do online. The bulleted lists were extremely helpful.

However, I think the best part of the book is the third section: how to talk to your child about all of this, broken out by age range. There is some repetition if you read straight through, but it's designed for you to just read the section you need to depending on your child's age. It's very well-written and spelled out for those that need help (which is most of us). I recommend the book for this section especially!

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About the author

CJ Scarlet, aka the “Badass Grandma,” is a danger expert, victim advocate, and crime survivor who holds a master’s degree in human violence. CJ is also the author of "Badass Parenting: An Irreverent Guide to Raising Safe, Savvy, Confident Kids," a snarkier, more sweary version of Heroic Parenting. view profile

Published on June 16, 2020

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Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

Genre: Parenting & Families

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