I read this book in one evening and found it valuable and empowering. I got to skip over all the chapters that had to do with school and daycares, since we're learning at home, but the rest was certainly applicable. While many of the stories he uses as examples were heartbreaking (I totally could not read the section on parents abusing infants), his ideas for what you can *do* are terrific. And he debunks many of the common things we've all grown up believing in, like "stranger danger" or finding a policeman when you're lost. His main focus is on feeling confident in one's own ability to asess charcter, on listening to that little voice that says "this doesn't feel right," instead of rationalizing that away, or worse telling your kids to rationalize it away!