Heroic Parenting

An Essential Guide to Raising Safe, Savvy, Confident Kids

Non-Fiction - Parenting
385 Pages
Reviewed on 06/24/2020
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Author Biography

CJ Scarlet, aka the “Badass Grandma,” is a danger expert, victim advocate, and crime survivor herself. She’s also the doting grandma of three precocious toddlers.

CJ has helped thousands of crime victims, but when confronted with the simple innocence of her grandchildren, she felt utterly helpless. How to protect them? More importantly, how to teach them to protect themselves?

Heroic Parenting: An Essential Guide to Raising Safe, Savvy, Confident Kids is Scarlet’s way of doing just that and, in the process, helping parents protect their loved ones too.

An expert in victims’ rights and advocacy, CJ has given speeches and workshops at national and international events; and has appeared on numerous radio and television programs, including MSNBC and NPR. She’s also the author of The Badass Girl’s Guide: Uncommon Strategies to Outwit Predators and Neptune’s Gift: Discovering Your Inner Ocean.

The former roller-skating carhop, forest firefighter, and US Marine photojournalist holds an interdisciplinary master’s degree in Humanities with an emphasis on human violence from Old Dominion University.

Named one of the “Happy 100” people on the planet, CJ’s story of triumph over adversity is featured in two bestselling books, including Happy for No Reason and Be Invincible.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Kristy Vee for Readers' Favorite

Heroic Parenting: An Essential Guide to Raising Safe, Savvy, Confident Kids by CJ Scarlet is the ultimate ‘stranger danger’ book and a worried parent’s new safety Bible. But it’s so much more than that. Danger expert CJ Scarlet provides a wealth of invaluable information that includes nearly everything your child could face in these predatory times, and she means business. With hard facts and humor, Scarlet supplies the tools necessary to combat the elements that families face today without stunting your child’s psychological growth. Here are just a few of the things you’ll learn: how to communicate effectively with your child overall and discuss hard topics, help them recognize dangerous situations and people inside/outside their circle, how to trust their intuition and develop skills to defend against things like grooming, ‘child’s play’, bullying, digital dangers, kidnapping, sexual abuse, and much, much more. This must-have book should be read and re-read by every parent if they want to have safe, confident, empowered children.

Heroic Parenting by CJ Scarlet is parent/grandparent/family/child safety gold! I couldn’t believe how much information was in this book from start to finish and I haven’t read anything like it before. It covered so much. Facts were spot on, and many were shocking, but Scarlet writes in a way that is both truthfully raw and full of spunk. It didn’t feel like I was reading some boring instructional guide but like I was talking to a down-to-earth/here are the facts/here’s what to do/funny, caring, family member. The whole time I was reading I thought, I’d love to send a copy to my adult son, several of dear friends with small children, a teacher friend, they’ll all love this five-star, fantastic book that every family should have. Great read!

Tammy Ruggles

Heroic Parenting: An Essential Guide to Raising Safe, Savvy, Confident Kids by CJ Scarlet is a book every worried parent needs. Instead of trying to insulate your child in a cocoon, which is what most parents wish they could do, this book shows you how to strengthen your child with knowledge and skills to handle any situation life has to throw at them, good or bad. Fostering independence and self-reliance is a strong focus of the book, and Scarlet has a comprehensive, straightforward approach that can be necessarily blunt. The ideas put forth in the book start with ripping the bandage off and informing your child of the dangers, temptations, and social pressures that are out there to influence or victimize him or her on a daily basis.

The book is smartly outlined in clear-cut sections, from bullying to sexual abuse to independence. It's better to prevent a tragedy than to have to deal with the aftermath of one, but some parents think their children aren't equipped to understand or cope with the harsh realities of today's world. This book shows both parents and children how to be aware. Parents should never assume that bad things like kidnappings or child trafficking can't happen because they can. As a parent, child protection should be your number one priority. Heroic Parenting by CJ Scarlet is the book older generations wish they'd had when raising their children. Besides protection, other issues covered are self-esteem, positive regard for others, and an attentive attitude toward surroundings. Think of this book as a boot camp for life.

Alyssa Elmore

Become an advocate for your children and discover how to protect them from the dangers of molestation and abuse in the humorous, yet superbly informative parenting book, Heroic Parenting (An Essential Guide to Raising Safe, Savvy, Confident Kids) by CJ Scarlet. Many parents believe that their young child's ignorance about sex is keeping them innocent. Regrettably, this is an untruth. If children aren't educated in what to look out for, then they have more of a chance of becoming the next victim. By training your kids not to see all strangers as dangerous, and instead teaching them how to read body language and observe the people around them, they will gain the skills they need to live more confidently. Learn how to talk to your children about sex, what is appropriate and inappropriate behavior, and how to tell an adult when something occurs. Become proactive and teach your child how to protect themselves and say no. With chapters addressing everything from identifying predators, bullying, and child molestation, to helping build your child's confidence and self-esteem, this book is a necessary manual for every parent and grandparent.

Heroic Parenting by CJ Scarlet is a must-read for any parent, grandparent, or guardian of children aged zero to nine years old. This book is packed with action steps, daily practices, and tips on family meetings and daily sharing. The author relays her years of experience as a victim advocate, danger expert, and Badass Grandma with love and humor. First showing you the statistics, then teaching you simple steps to prevent (to the best of your ability) your child from becoming a target, CJ Scarlet teaches you how to raise strong, confident children by giving you the knowledge and self-confidence you need to best teach your child how to survive in today's world. Complete with information on what to do if you suspect or know your child has been molested or worse, and ways to go about dealing with it. Written in an empathetic and endearing manner, this book will educate and comfort the reader. I look forward to reading CJ Scarlet's next book in the Heroic Parenting Series for children aged ten to eighteen.