Bad, girl, bad girl, whatcha gonna do when she comes at you?:buttkick:Quote:
Where in IA do you live? If you want to answer in PM that is fine.
Yes, there are a lot of self defense classes that do just sell a false sense of security but there are those out there that make you work for a real sense of security. The trick is finding them. My husband and I have been very fortunate to find a self defense class that we are taking in Marshal Co that is proving to be very rigorous and worth the effort.
I am small, 5'3" 99 lbs and am apparently doing very well against opponents much larger than me.
I also am home alone most of the day with small children, both under the age of 4.
Avoidance and deterrence are a great first step and you've already gotten a lot of information to that end so I won't repeat.
Forget the wasp spray.... get pepper spray.
Batons, etc, are very useful for an individual trained in their use.. not so good for someone who doesn't know how to use them.
What do you think of carrying a knife? Any reservations there?
Even if you don't want a dog you could always put a "beware of dog" sign out and a dog bowl for a very large dog. That, combined with a security system sign might well deter a large number of criminals.
The trick is to not be lulled into "feeling" safe but knowing you have the knowledge, skills and preparation to keep yourself and your children as safe as possible. No, you might not be able to defend against everything (like tornadoes) but you are doing the best you can with what you have.