Meeting Jan Arnow author of In the Line of Fire: Raising Kids in a Violent World

In the Line of Fire: Here’s How To Stop Violence At Every Turn

Living in a peaceful world, free from hatred, bigotry, bullying and violence may seem like an impossible journey.  Violence surrounds us and overwhelmingly dominates our lives through crime-based TV shows, video games, and social media – not to mention our daily news feeds which include hate crimes, bullying, school shootings and domestic violence.  According to Jan Arnow, author of In the Line of Fire: Raising Kids in a Violent World, none of these examples of violence stands alone – they are all connected along a continuum of violence.  In this accessible book, Arnow makes the connections that have been widely ignored.  She says, we can stop the violence, and she shows us how to collectively achieve this with more than 400 actionable tips.

The statistics reveal a shocking truth. Every day in the United States:

Boys who witness domestic violence are twice as likely to be an abuser as an adult
Seven children or teenagers are killed by firearms
187 children are arrested for violent crimes
1,837 children are identified as abused or neglected, and
2,857 high school students drop out.

“As a result of receiving poor social mentorship and not knowing how to resolve conflicts, there are more than 61,000 youth residing in juvenile detention centers or correctional facilities throughout the US,” says Arnow. “Abusive behaviors often initiate at home, and children who are abused become the abusers.”

No stranger to violence herself, Arnow knows personally the horrors of growing up in an abusive household.  For the first time, she reveals the driving force that landed her on her lifelong path to create peace for future generations.  This heavily researched book provides a balance of case studies, true stories and actionable tips, and is a perfect resource for parents, teachers, counselors, law enforcement and clergymen.

About the Author
Jan Arnow is the founder and executive director of Innovations in Peacemaking International, and is an internationally recognized lecturer and authority on multicultural education, violence abatement, prejudice reduction, creativity, and leadership. She is a highly respected and award-winning author of nine books and scores of articles for a variety of national magazines. She is currently working on a teacher’s and community guide to In the Line of Fire: Raising Kids in a Violent World, and a new peace curriculum for schools, houses of worship, and neighborhood centers. She also travels to carry her violence abatement strategies to communities throughout the world.

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I See the World from Jean Barlow

I See The World


Children aren’t always aware that not everyone around them is just like them. I SEE THE WORLD©!, Jean Barlow offers a children’s book based on a poem by Karen Benedetto. It’s all about sight and it works on several different levels. For sighted kids, it explains that there are children around them who may look similar, but see the world very differently because, for example, they may need to wear a patch over one eye, or require glasses, or are completely blind. For children who are sight impaired, the book is translated into braille as well. Feeling the bumpy lines of this language is an education in its own right for sighted kids, for whom Barlow includes a quick guide at the back of the book on how to use the braille alphabet.

She describes this volume as a “twin-vision” children’s book and intends that it may serve as a way of teaching tolerance and building confidence and acceptance.

The voice of this rhyming story is told by a variety of children: bespectacled Glen, blind Brenda, and Paul, who wears a patch. The rhyme scheme works well and the story is easy to follow, accompanied by bright, colorful pictures. Brenda’s voice, for example, says of her blindness, “It’s hard for some to understand (how) I see the world with my two hands. It’s like a movie in my mind. I see it even though I’m blind.” Paul sees the world through just one eye, explaining that the practice “will make my weak eye strong.” He continues, “I wear it proudly all day long, my pirate patch for all to see, and underneath, it’s really me!”


Summary: For all children ages pre-K to 9 years, teaching them how others may see differently from themselves, increasing sensitivity to disabilities. A glimpse into the world of a child’s own visual limitations or those of others, building confidence and acceptance. While the primary audience is sighted children, it is also appealing to those who are visually impaired or blind. This “twin vision” book has large-type English text that is transcribed into braille at the bottom of each story page, fleshing out the whole range of how people see. An anti-bullying and teaching tolerance tool, stories are told through the eyes of “Glen” who wears glasses, “Paul” who wears a patch, and “Brenda” who is blind. Enlivened with colorful, upbeat illustrations to complement its text, a CD of the story set to music is also included. I SEE THE WORLD© is offered as a bridge to increasing a young child’s compassion for and understand of others as well as empowerment of oneself. A unique experience for the individual child and his family at home, or in a classroom or library setting.

Barlow includes a CD containing the words of the story set to music by Benedetto, and includes the sheet music for the song on the back inside cover of the book.

This book is an important teaching tool for the sighted about how sight impaired-children see the world, but it’s also a delightful piece of literature in its own right for blind or sight-impaired children. As such, it’s a great addition to the children’s section of a library, a classroom, or the personal bookshelves of children aged three to nine. Visit . ~ Review by Lauren Kramer

Author Jean Barlow

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Raising Healthy Children of Divorce and Conflict

This book is a crucial resource for families that are divorced, separated, considering divorce and never married who want to raise the healthiest children possible. Written by a child of divorce and conflict who is now a therapist working in this field, this book is a must-read. It provides guidelines to allow coparents to create the best environment possible during family challenges.
Inside you will find over 30 exercises and practical strategies to assist you in being the best parent possible during this difficult time for your family. Reading this book will assist parents in raising emotionally and physically healthy children. 
“I have written this book for you, parents who are divorced, going through a divorce, or considering a divorce. You may also be a co-parent who has never been married to your child’s other parent, you too will find this book helpful. It is time for me to share the knowledge that I have gained from my own parents’ divorce and conflict, from the parents I have trained, from the children I have counseled, and from the divorces of friends and family.
My wish for you and your family is healing, health, and love. My deepest hope is that this book will bring you and your family one step closer to these goals. If what I am sharing assists you in any way to positively impact your family, I know I have done my work here and I am deeply satisfied.”
~Shannon Rios, MS LMFT

“Shannon has helped my ex-husband and I come to a successful resolution on many of our parenting conflicts. She has helped me to make the best child centered choices I could thus, protecting my child from the impact of my conflict. She has helped me to feel at peace with the decisions that have been made. In Gratitude for all of your time, guidance, and patience” Katie (Mother of 5 year old)
“During a transition of rebonding with my child whom I had been apart from due to my own faults, Shannon was a counselor that helped guide, and if needed, instruct in a comfortable way to bring a natural relationship back together between us. Shannon offered helpful advice with real circumstances which was beneficial to our relationship. Thanks. It was a pleasurable experience working professionally with Shannon Rios.”
~AB mother of 3 yr old from Denver, CO
“I truly believe Shannon’s recommendations will help my 16-year old daughter become a successful adult and help me to be a better parent”. ~Mark, Father of a 16-year old
“Shannon has been a great help to my children and has provided me with the tools to understand their needs”. ~Star, Mother and Foster Mother
“Shannon and I worked collaboratively on various children’s programs. I found her interventions engaging for the clients and therapeutic for the families as a whole. Shannon has a gift for bringing simplicity to even the most complicated cases.” Monique Lowe PhD- Clinical Psychologist in the Minneapolis Area
“Shannon has been an inspiration in my life. Through coaching, she worked with me on building stronger relationships with my family. Within a year, this not only improved, but also my relationship with friends and coworkers. In addition, my self esteem increased dramatically. Thank you so much Shannon, for everything!” C.H., Assistant Manager Software Quality Assurance
“Shannon is one of the most authentic and compassionate professionals I have ever worked with. She takes the time to truly understand and assess the needs of the organization, team or individual…..and then guides and facilitates growth and discovery for long-term results.” Karla Montgomery, Organizational Development Professional / Instructional Designer
Shannon Rios, MS, LMFT is a licensed marriage and family therapist. Due to her passion for working with children and families, she formed LifeTheads Inc. in 2002. She specializes in the area of families of divorce, separation and conflict. Her process is called Family WORKS (Working it Out Responsibly for the Kids Sake). She taught Co-Parenting Through Your Divorce for the State of Minnesota for two years and currently teaches Coparenting and Divorce for the State of Colorado. She has completed many specialized trainings in the areas of families experiencing divorce and conflict. In 2006 she moved her practice to Colorado and has built her business in the areas of Therapy with Children and Families of Divorce and Conflict, Parenting Coordinator/Decision-Maker Work, Therapeutic and Supervised Visitation, and CFI (Child Family Investigator) Work. She focuses on assisting families and children of divorce/conflict to find their power and strength during a challenging life transition. She has had excellent success in empowering families to work together in the best interest of their child(ren).
She is also a successful life and business coach. Prior to her therapy career, Shannon had a successful corporate career in human resources and was trained as a life/business coach. With all of these skills, Shannon brings a wealth of knowledge to her work with any client.
In working with clients, Shannon develops a deep level of trust and integrity. Her focus is the optimal health and well-being of each of her clients. She deeply believes in the unique potential of every individual in the world. Through her coaching and counseling that potential is realized for the individuals, children and families she works with.

This book is a key practical tool for parents when life is in crisis. It will help to ensure that our unresolved issues start healing and do not dim the possibility of a joyful and creative life for our children. I truly thank you for gifting this book to the world.
~Candice Bataille Popiel, coparent of a 7 and 8 year-old 
and co-author of Discovery of Glow

​This book is outstanding! It contains not only extremely valuable information every parent facing divorce needs to know, but it also is full of practical tools for minimizing the impact of divorce on children. I highly recommend it.
~Judge Stephen A. Groome, District Judge, 
11th Judicial District, State of Colorado

Shannon Rios’ personal experience, research, and professional expertise offer compassion and respect to divorced and separated parents. If parents read The Fatal 7 Mistakes and apply all the practical tips this book offers, they will get along better with their parenting partners, heal from their divorce faster and help their children come through the divorce with their self-esteem intact. This book will help ensure families achieve emotional health despite these life-changing events.
~Jody Johnston Pawel, author of the award-winning book 
The Parent’s Toolshop: The Universal Blueprint for Building 
a Healthy Family

As a mother of a 7 yr. old, going through a divorce, my main concern is the well-being of my child. This book was a godsend! It has helped me be the best mom for my son, while going through this difficult process.”
~Katy, mother of a 7 yr old.

“Don’t let the word Fatal in the title scare you, when you look inside, you will find Shannon Rios’s book to be one of the best parenting after divorce books ever written. She has compassion and an uncanny understanding of what children and parents need. I have seen many divorce books during the past 25 years, and while they are all helpful in varying degrees, if every parent could read Shannon’s book, most of the problem suffered by children as an outcome of their parents’ divorce would be substantially eased. This book should be required reading in all divorce classes.”
~David L. Levy, Esq., President, Board of Trustees, 
Children’s Rights Council

“Let us create a divorce process that recycles divorce pain into new patterns of personal and familial growth which, in turn, will also strengthen our entire society. Let us protect our children from the unnecessary hazards of the divorce experience so that they, like their parents, can be strengthened by divorce rather than defeated by it.”
—Meyer Elkin, Editor AFCC
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