Spotting Danger Before It Spots Your Kids: Teaching Situational Awareness to Keep Children Safe

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$18.95  $17.62
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YMAA Publication Center
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168
Dimensions
6.0 X 8.9 X 0.6 inches | 0.55 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781594398117

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About the Author

Gary Quesenberry is a US Army veteran and a career Federal Air Marshal. As a defensive tactics trainer for Federal and civilian services, he has devoted his life to studying the areas of violence and predatory behavior. Gary serves as the CEO of Quesenberry Personal Defense Training and has developed numerous basic and advanced level training courses focused on mental toughness, marksmanship, and defensive tactics. As a competitive pistol shooter, Gary has been featured on the History Channel's hit television series Top Shot - Season 3 and Top Shot All-Stars. He has an extensive background in domestic and foreign counter-terror training and has worked in both the private and corporate sectors to help educate others on the importance of situational awareness, and personal safety. Gary resides in Hillsville, Virginia.

Reviews

AWARDS


WINNER--2022, Parenting and Family, Next Generation Indie Book Award


GRAND PRIZE SHORT LIST--2022, Home: Parenting and Family, Eric Hoffer Awards


FINALIST--2021, Parenting and Family, Best Book Awards


"A brief, practical manual for parents and caregivers who want to help children identify and safely respond to dangerous situations. As the book goes on, readers are sure to gain confidence in their own ability to sensibly safeguard their young ones." -- Kirkus Reviews


"Exceptionally well written, comprehensively informative, impressively organized and presented, "Spotting Danger Before It Spots Your Kids: Teaching Situational Awareness To Keep Children Safe" is an extraordinary and unreservedly recommended addition to family and community library Parenting & Public Safety collections." --Midwest Reviews


"Gary's latest book, Spotting Danger Before It Spots Your Kids, is an amazing piece of work that can prepare your children for the unexpected dangers they may one-day face. Given that there is an epidemic of child sex trafficking right here in the United States, our children need to be educated about the importance of situational awareness, but parents and caregivers need to provide that education in a manner that won't completely terrify them. This book does an incredible job of giving adults the tools they need to do just that. Gary sets forth lessons that instill the basics of situational awareness in a way that is fun and engaging for both adults and kids. If there is a child in your life who you care about, please read this book." --Craig Sawyer, founder of "Veterans for Child Rescue," former Navy SEAL, DEVGRU sniper


"Many parents today believe that protecting their children from the dangers inherent in our society means avoiding sensitive issues and keeping their children locked away in a protective bubble. Spotting Danger Before It Spots Your Kidsbreaks you out of this mindset and shows you what children need to know if they are to navigate the uncertainties of the modern world. This book is a must-read for all new parents and young adults going off to high school or away to college." --Joseph Koury, thirty-year veteran, Special Operations soldier


"When parents, especially mothers, attend my trainings, the number-one question I get asked is, "How do I teach my kids situational awareness without scaring them?" After reading Gary's book, I now have a resource I can recommend with complete confidence. Gary has taken all his knowledge and years of experience with the Federal Air Marshals and created a comprehensive and relatable step-by-step guide for building situational awareness skills in children. He shares stories of his own children's quick thinking, as well as heroic tales of children who knew what to do in an emergency situation; these stories offer parents positive examples of the importance of building these skills. Gary expertly identifies age-appropriate games that can be played by anyone and explains how they build lifesaving skills in children. This book is a must-read for every parent!" --Kelly Sayre, founder and president of The Diamond Arrow Group, expert instructor in Situational Awareness Training for Women, EAP consultant


"Spotting Danger Before It Spots Your Kidsis a must for all parents. Not only does Gary give you everything you need to keep your family safe, he imparts years' worth of instructional experience. Gary shows you the tricks of the instructional trade and helps you relay this extremely important information. This book is not designed to instill fear. In fact, it will probably help the entire family to sleep better at night." --Billy Williams, supervisor, Counterterrorism and Explosives Training Section


"As a former homicide and juvenile crimes detective sergeant, I can attest to the horrific dangers in the world we live in today. I know that if the victims of the crimes I investigated had had the tools contained in this book, they might still be alive. As a senior executive in law enforcement, I can confirm that there are grave dangers all around us. Most people are unaware of and often ill-equipped to survive these dangers. Gary is an expert in this field and teaches essential life-saving principles that are easy to learn and implement." --Dana Chong Tim, government executive, former homicide and juvenile crimes detective-sergeant


"In this book, Gary applies his expertise on situational awareness to issues unique to children, and does it in a completely entertaining way. This will be your go-to guidebook for creating real security for your family." --Kelly D. Venden, retired Army Special Operations, federal law enforcement, owner of Criterion Tactical, LLC


"Spotting Danger Before It Spots Your Kids: Teaching Children Situational Awareness to Stay Safe is one of those must-have parenting books. Gary Quesenberry is one of the premier experts in threat detection and situational awareness in the world. His vast experience makes him extremely qualified to offer his insights into any topic involving safety and security. He is also a proud husband and father who has put into practice the same techniques and methods while raising his own children. They are tested and proven. This is a fun and interactive book that helps kids figure out that they can have some level of control in their own lives and, more importantly, have the confidence that comes from knowing how to be safe and secure in any environment. It's a must for every bookshelf in America." --Matt Cubbler, U.S. Army intelligence veteran, twenty-seven-year career law enforcement officer, former Special Agent with the U.S. Federal Air Marshal Service, author, speaker, host of the "Two Dates and a Dash Podcast"


"I teach situational awareness, firearms courses, and instructor-level courses. I thought I was doing a pretty good job of passing on situational awareness skills to my children and grandchildren, but after reading this book, I have learned some things to up my game.


This is an excellent resource for parents and grandparents to help kids learn to be more situationally aware, listen to their gut instinct, be wise to the mood of their environment, and plan ahead for when things don't turn out to be all rainbows and unicorns. Plan on reading this book more than once because it is packed with great information!" --Dawn Dolpp, certified firearms instructor and training counselor


"This second book in Gary's situational awareness series is must-read primer for all parents who want to keep their children safe in the dangerous world we live in. Purchase this book, and you will learn from one of the best." --Maureen Sangiorgio, award-winning writer, NRA-certified firearms instructor/RSO


"This book is truly eye opening! I deeply admire Gary's openness and honesty in sharing his family's own personal security scare. His story about having someone threaten his family's safety while he was away serving our country as the tip of the spear for Homeland Security operations really connected with me as a retired law enforcement officer. It clearly illustrated the all-too-common tendency to switch on our heightened awareness when needed and inadvertently switch it off when we are home with our loved ones. This book will make every parent take a step back and see the bigger picture and how it affects their family. I was a big fan of Gary's first book in this series, and this second book should be required reading for any parent out there." --Trampas Swanson, firearms instructor/training counselor, deputy editor of Private Military Contractor International magazine, retired law enforcement officer



AWARDS


WINNER-2022, Parenting and Family, Next Generation Indie Book Award


GRAND PRIZE SHORT LIST--2022, Home: Parenting and Family, Eric Hoffer Awards


FINALIST--2021, Parenting and Family, Best Book Awards


"A brief, practical manual for parents and caregivers who want to help children identify and safely respond to dangerous situations. As the book goes on, readers are sure to gain confidence in their own ability to sensibly safeguard their young ones." -- Kirkus Reviews


"Exceptionally well written, comprehensively informative, impressively organized and presented, "Spotting Danger Before It Spots Your Kids: Teaching Situational Awareness To Keep Children Safe" is an extraordinary and unreservedly recommended addition to family and community library Parenting & Public Safety collections." --Midwest Reviews


"Gary's latest book, Spotting Danger Before It Spots Your Kids, is an amazing piece of work that can prepare your children for the unexpected dangers they may one-day face. Given that there is an epidemic of child sex trafficking right here in the United States, our children need to be educated about the importance of situational awareness, but parents and caregivers need to provide that education in a manner that won't completely terrify them. This book does an incredible job of giving adults the tools they need to do just that. Gary sets forth lessons that instill the basics of situational awareness in a way that is fun and engaging for both adults and kids. If there is a child in your life who you care about, please read this book." --Craig Sawyer, founder of "Veterans for Child Rescue," former Navy SEAL, DEVGRU sniper


"Many parents today believe that protecting their children from the dangers inherent in our society means avoiding sensitive issues and keeping their children locked away in a protective bubble. Spotting Danger Before It Spots Your Kidsbreaks you out of this mindset and shows you what children need to know if they are to navigate the uncertainties of the modern world. This book is a must-read for all new parents and young adults going off to high school or away to college." --Joseph Koury, thirty-year veteran, Special Operations soldier


"When parents, especially mothers, attend my trainings, the number-one question I get asked is, "How do I teach my kids situational awareness without scaring them?" After reading Gary's book, I now have a resource I can recommend with complete confidence. Gary has taken all his knowledge and years of experience with the Federal Air Marshals and created a comprehensive and relatable step-by-step guide for building situational awareness skills in children. He shares stories of his own children's quick thinking, as well as heroic tales of children who knew what to do in an emergency situation; these stories offer parents positive examples of the importance of building these skills. Gary expertly identifies age-appropriate games that can be played by anyone and explains how they build lifesaving skills in children. This book is a must-read for every parent!" --Kelly Sayre, founder and president of The Diamond Arrow Group, expert instructor in Situational Awareness Training for Women, EAP consultant


"Spotting Danger Before It Spots Your Kidsis a must for all parents. Not only does Gary give you everything you need to keep your family safe, he imparts years' worth of instructional experience. Gary shows you the tricks of the instructional trade and helps you relay this extremely important information. This