I Sit and Stay, You Win

I don’t always believe books have to be educational. I’m a firm believer in trash as escape from real life. But when a book I’m reading to my daughter is imparting the kind of knowledge that will keep her safe in this scary world, I’m not going to complain.

I Sit and Stay, isn’t from a fancy publishing house with fancy illustrations and cutesy sayings. It’s the product of a member of the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team. Leah Waarvik spent the weeks after Hurricane Katrina rescuing pets in New Orleans with her partner, Emma, a gorgeous Australian Shepherd who graces the cover of I Sit and Stay.

Inspired by stories of all the kids who have been lost in the woods simply because they didn’t know what to do, Waarvik decided to sit down and write a book. “I came to realize that the great presentations put on by search-and rescue teams weren’t reaching enough children,” Waarvik explained. “I wanted to create an option that was a bit more available and interactive for families that enjoy being outdoors.”

The result is a simple survival guide, accompanied by a whistle (Warning to parents: hide this until you’re actually taking them outside. It’s plastic, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t loud!!) anda plastic poncho that can double as a cushion when stuffed with leaves or a bright yellow signal when search parties are getting close.

To be honest, my daughter was attracted to the book because of the pictures of Emma on the front (once you see her, you’ll understand – we’re dog people). Then there’s what whistle . . . But dig inside, and I Sit and Stay offers a valuable tool for parents as we learn to let go of our kids.

Thanks go to Leah, who wants to share the story with and Inside Out winner. One I Sit and Stay kit is up for grabs – all you have to do is leave a comment about some of the survival skills you’ve imparted to your kids. For extra entries, as always, grab my badge and/or blog about the contest, then leave the link in comments. The contest will close on Monday, November 3, and it’s open to residents of the US and Canada only. Make sure you check back to see if you’re a winner, or subscribe to be the first to know about any of our giveaways.

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  1. I have always stressed the importance of hanging out in groups not alone. To trust their instincts. thanksjen62728@aol.com

  2. I would love to have this for my niece!!!rachelcrisman@hotmail.com

  3. My little man isn’t very far along in my “protect him from the world campaign,” so far he’s just met a few law enforcement officers on the street and I’ve sung their praises – hoping that he wouldn’t fear them based on my husband’s “oh crap, it’s the police” remarks as he speeds down the road. I really plan to step it up as soon as I think he can understand more, making sure he knows it’s okay to tell me ANYTHING and letting him know more about the big scary world we live in – hopefully gently enough not to scare him into hiding in the house.

  4. I’ve been teaching my kids about healthy boundaries–not letting themselves be manipulated/guilted into things, to have healthy personal boundaries–food, etc., and so on. All things I wish I’d been taught before my 30s! lydia.bower @ gmail.com

  5. We are dog lovers here, also. A new member of our family is “Daisy”, a rescue puppy from a puppy mill. We almost lost her to distemper, but right now she is doing fine! The cutest little beagle, ever! Please enter me in your delightful drawing. I really appreciate it. Thanks, Cindijchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

  6. I always tell kids I babysit to watch out for each other.Thank you for the giveaway, please enter me!

  7. Just yesterday in our MOPS group we had a police officier come in to do a presentation on Stranger Danger.Most parents tell their children to never talk to strangers. Yet we do it everyday in casual conversation which in turn gives conflicting information to our children.We were told to allow our children to meet and talk to strangers while with a parent. Afterward you and your child can discuss how they felt about that person. This will allow your children to learn and “feel” who are good people and who are not.Also he said that if your child is ever lost to seek out a woman (preferrably one with children). Woman are very nurturing and protective by nature and will take your child under her wing until she figures out how to help. The chances that a woman would be a predator is almost nil.

  8. I have always taught my kids about “Stranger Danger” and the importance of sticking close to us and what to do if they get seperated from us. This sounds some a wonderful book that every parent should read.Thanks for the giveaway!HunnyV “at” Optonline “dot” net

  9. i was taught a signal that let each other know where we were w/o being obnoxious to others around

  10. I hav taught my kids to find a mama if thye’re lost in a store — but that’s about it – I need to do better.

  11. I have always stressed to STOP LOOK and LISTEN before crossing the street

  12. I am a big believer in the holding of hands when we are out. From an early age I taught them my and my husbands names, our address and phone number, just in case they get lost. Of course stranger danger

  13. would love this for my kids nice mrs.mommyyatgmaildot.com

  14. I’ve always taught my children to avoid strangers. Now that my daughter is a teen, we’re speaking candidly about date rape and pressure to do drugs.

  15. We make my toddler always touch some part of me or my husband while we are out. That way she is never far from us.

  16. We have fire ladders in the kids room in case of fire (from second floor)tvollowitz at aol dot com

  17. so far all we can muster is teaching them not to go in the street!andrewandkristan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  18. I taught my child to never talk to strangers

  19. I teach my kids not to talk to strangers or go off on their own.cherierj(at)yahoo(dot)com

  20. I’ve taught my children that it is NEVER ok to talk to strangers unless Mommy is right next to them. Otherwise they reprimand me for talking to people I don’t know in the grocery store. 😉

  21. My mom always told me “if we get separated [in a store], stay where you are and I will find you”. I plan on imparting this pearl to my son.(email in profile)

  22. I stress the importance of staying with Mommy and in school she’s learning about strangers. Thanks for the giveaway. Heatherponcey76 at hotmail dot com

  23. we’ve taught our kid’s that they have to have a safety word to go with someone…if lost in a store to go to the cashier and ask for help…if lost in the park or on an outting to stay put and start yelling for mom…never thought of a whistle…have to get one of them…thank you for the giveaway…cvdmvega@yahoo.com

  24. Well my son isn’t at the age to understand survial but when he is I’ll tell him to go to another mommy if he ever gets lost or scream helppalmersf(at)bellsouth.net

  25. i teach my kids not to talk to strangers and to look for the nearest policeman and call 911! Thank you for the chance to win!

  26. So far I’ve only been able to teach my 2 year old to keep on the sidewalk and stay off the road when we’re walking. It’s very hard when your kid isn’t afraid of anything! Thanks for the giveaway!Angela itsahumanzoo(at)gmail(dot)comP.S. To kick off NaBloPoMo I’m giving away some Bath and Body Works stuff over at my blog. If you’re interested, check it out! 🙂

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