Friday, December 26, 2008

National Security Mom Book Review & Kids Pack Giveaway

**This contest is now closed**

I finished reading National Security Mom this week and couldn't wait to tell you about it. Gina M. Bennett worked in United States intelligence for 20 years and brings knowledge and insights on the war in Iraq and terrorism to you and me without lofty jargon in this interesting yet meaningful book.

I hate to admit that before reading this book I had a huge fear of terrorism but didn't really know why. Mrs. Bennett explains what a terrorist is and what he's about by likening him to a neighborhood bully. Bullies I understand and suddenly I knew why I've feared terrorism so much. It's because I've known (and continue to know) bullies and they tend to scare me.

Mrs. Bennett is a mother of five children (so am I - no wonder I liked this book). Throughout the book she compares aspects of government and national security with the aspects of running a household.

I enjoyed the correlation between mothering and fighting terror but it's more than that. In the book, the values we teach our children are underscored as being the same values we should use as citizens of this country. For instance, when we tell our children to clean their rooms we're teaching them that it's important to clean up their own messes - as citizens of a great country, we should clean up our own messes as well. It's called responsibility and it's a great value to own.

Mrs. Bennett says that "going soft will make America strong." I think I might agree.

Our children are the future of America. This giveaway is for the kids in your life who'd have fun learning more about being a good citizen. National Security Kid Center is an online site filled with downloadable children's pages, contests and more. This would make a great supplement to a history or citizenship curriculum.

To win access to online National Security Kid Center, just leave me a comment and make sure I can find an e-mail address to notify you with the access code if you win. I'll randomly choose two winners on January 24, 2009 and notify them shortly thereafter.


Anonymous said...

well...according to my online library system, there's not a library in the state that has this one. Hm. Must be really new?

Rita T. said...

This is a new release so the libraries might not have it in yet. You could suggest they get it!

na said...

Children do need to learn how to be good citizens and not fear bullies. Bullies are a common mainstay in our lives...even as adults...and that is probably because they were not taught responsibility when they were children.


Anonymous said...

I certainly would like to get this book. Its our responsibility to teach and help our children understand how to be responsible and deals with bullies.

About 5 years ago, I was bullied. I could not believe it. In fact, today is the first time after so many years I talk about it. The incident occurred with my son's Elementary School Principal.

He was so upset, he thrust his body towards the desk, formed a fist and because he did not get a reaction from me, he proceeded to pound his fist on the desk and raised his voice. I did not leave the room, I could not believe my eyes. I was there to ask for help.

I then, took my son out from the School and home schooled for two years.

Wow! I needed to get that out. :)

Juliette Vestal said...

I will totally look into reading this book. Thank you so much for the review.

Sue D said...

This looks like a very interesting book especially during this time.
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