About the Authors
Both books, titled “On Those Runaway Days” and “I Can Play It Safe”, use non-fear based messages, bright illustrations by Laura Logan, and up to date educational tools to help guide parents in those important connecting conversations.
The books were written by Ms. Feigh in a direct response to the number one question she receives from parents after completing a speaking presentation, “HOW can I have this conversation with my child when I get home?” Parents want to teach their children about personal body safety, but don’t want to scare their children. This book stays far away from fear-based education and instead features empowering text and an upbeat tone. The book is very parent-friendly with explanation letters in the front and parent prompts in the back.
A portion of sales on each book will be donated back to JWRC to support their educational programs, specifically targeted at personal body safety for children.
Jill Starishevsky is an Assistant District Attorney in New York City, where she has prosecuted hundreds of sex offenders and dedicated her career to seeking justice for victims of child abuse and sex crimes. Outside the courtroom, Jill’s fondness for writing led her to create thepoemlady.com, where she pens personalized pieces. Her mission to protect children, along with her penchant for poetry, inspired My Body Belongs to Me. A mother of two, Jill is also founder of HowsMyNanny.com, a service that enables parents to purchase a license plate for their child’s stroller so the public can report positive or negative nanny observations.
The book is edited by Nadine Block, a board member of the Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center, and Madeleine Gomez, a clinical psychologist. They have spent decades studying the effects of physical punishment on children. They selected the drawings and essays for this book from materials created during child-involved parenting programs and from submissions to www.stophitting.org. The editors are parents and grandparents. All proceeds from the sale of this book will go to the Gundersen National Child Protection Training Center for its Center for Effective Discipline programs that teach positive discipline of children.