WikiHow’s ‘How to Identify a Pedophile” is a rare thing – useful

Here's a "How to spot a paedophile" article that isn't stupid, and is actually useful. Check out WikiHow's How to Identify a Pedophile.   While I don't agree with everything they wrote, and I think they left out important stuff, I think this is a great starting point for worried parents. In addition to reading… Continue reading WikiHow’s ‘How to Identify a Pedophile” is a rare thing – useful

Hijackings and lines in the sand – what are yours?

A friend of mine was talking to me about my "lessons about hijacking" article. He explained his "line in the sand" like this:   A lot of my lines in the sand are situation dependent (which is appropriate). I have a wife and children. When I’m alone my lines in the sand are one thing (I’m… Continue reading Hijackings and lines in the sand – what are yours?

Teaching children to fear – Self defense and parenting part 2

I felt like doing a controversial one today, so here it is...   Some of us, who make a point of accepting self-responsibility, happen to have children, and as is often the case with parenting, we’re not sure about how to teach our kids about self defense. We worry about kidnappers, so maybe we tell… Continue reading Teaching children to fear – Self defense and parenting part 2

Stranger Danger is bullshit and dangerous for your kids – want to know why? Self-defense and parenting Part 1

  Stranger Danger, everyone from your mom to Barney the dinosaur warns kids around the globe, watch out for strangers! One of the things everybody tends to forget it that the idea you want to convey isn’t always the message the other person hears. Stranger Danger tells kids that the world is a big, bad,… Continue reading Stranger Danger is bullshit and dangerous for your kids – want to know why? Self-defense and parenting Part 1

Should women carry guns?

There’s a short version and a long version of this answer. The short version is: Yes. The long version is a much more compelling story.   It's not really this: It's more like this: and this: Although what we all really want is this: For those of you who haven’t come across this complete gem… Continue reading Should women carry guns?

Social boundaries and self defense – 3 things to teach your kids

Social boundaries are very important to our everyday lives. They're what stops somebody farting in front of his co-workers. They're what keeps Bad Guys from stealing your handbag. Oh, wait, I got that wrong. That's right – I got it now. Social boundaries do not exist. They are constructs. Imaginary things that most people enforce… Continue reading Social boundaries and self defense – 3 things to teach your kids