Disclosure: I received complimentary products to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own.
in a peaceful world, free from hatred, bigotry, bullying and violence
may seem like an impossible journey. Violence surrounds us and
overwhelmingly dominates our lives through crime-based TV shows, video
games, and social media – not to mention our daily news feeds which
include hate crimes, bullying, school shootings, domestic violence and
to Jan Arnow, author of In the Line of Fire: Raising Kids in a Violent
World, none of these examples of violence stands alone – they are all
connected along a continuum of violence.
The statistics reveal a shocking truth. Every day in the United States:
Boys who witness domestic violence are twice as likely to be an abuser as an adult
Seven children or teenagers are killed by firearms
187 children are arrested for violent crimes
1,837 children are identified as abused or neglected, and
2,857 high school
students drop out.
In this book, Arnow
makes the connections that
have been widely ignored. She says we can stop the violence, and
shows us how to collectively achieve this with more than 400 actionable
tips. This heavily researched book provides a balance of
case studies, true stories and actionable tips, and is a perfect
resource for parents, teachers, counselors, law enforcement and
Four hundred tips sounds intimidating, but it's not - not in the way they're presented in this book. It's actually reminiscent of a middle school textbook, which means it's easy to find key information, the vocabulary is comprehensible, and it's a very concisely written book that doesn't waste time with a lot of fluff. It's a great book to read to get ideas for how to combat the issue of violence - for parents, teachers, or anyone else who works with kids.
Arnow is the founder and executive director of Innovations in
Peacemaking International, and is an internationally recognized lecturer
and authority on multicultural education, violence abatement, prejudice
reduction, creativity, and leadership. She is a highly respected and
award-winning author of nine books and scores of articles for a variety
of national magazines. She is currently working on a teacher's and
community guide to In the Line of Fire: Raising Kids in a Violent World,
and a new peace curriculum for schools, houses of worship, and
neighborhood centers. She also travels to carry her violence abatement
strategies to communities throughout the world.