Earliest Teachable Moment: Personal Safety for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers
MojoMom author Dr. Amy Tiemann writes, “Irene van der Zande is the author of the classic parenting guide, 1,2,3…The Toddler Years: A Practical Guide for Parents and Caregivers which for over 25 years has helped new parents navigate the waters through the all-important first few years of life. Now van der Zande combines her toddler-parenting expertise with her work as the Founder and Executive Director of Kidpower, a leading international organization teaching personal safety to people of all ages, with the creation of the new book Earliest Teachable Moment: Personal Safety for Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers.”
“What does personal safety look like for very young children? Earliest Teachable Moment gives parents and caregivers information and tools to create emotional safety, boundaries, and positive relationships. Add to that important parent-centered information including ‘How to choose safe people to care for your children.’Van der Zande coaches parents on how to teach basic skills to children including ‘Checking first to be safe with objects, animals, strangers, and other potential problems.’
“Earliest Teachable Moment is practical, compassionate, and backed by years of real-world-tested expertise. This book is a must-have for any parenting library–for yourself, a loved one, or a baby shower gift. You are in great hands with Irene van der Zande!”
From the day babies are born, parents, educators, and other caring adults teach and model how to be safe around cars, water, fire, and people. These habits create more joy and reduce risk. Use this book to build these everyday skills and habits in order to protect young children from harm, help them develop strong relationships, and teach them skills for being safe and having fun with people. Topics include how to:
- Create emotional safety for new parents
- Help small children develop healthy boundaries and positive communication skills
- Use puppets, small books, and songs to increase understanding of safety rules and skills for being safe with people
- Make safety plans and check first
- Choose safe people to care for your children
- Answer “why” questions without giving too much information
- Cope with small children who wander, climb, and hide
- Protect young children from harm
- Put safety first in daily life
Author Irene van der Zande is the founder and executive director of Kidpower International and also the author of the bestselling book, 1, 2, 3.. The Toddler Years: A Practical Guide for Parents and Caregivers, which is used in early childhood programs internationally and has a foreword by Magda Gerber, early childhood development pioneer and founder of Respect for Infant Educarers (RIE). In Earliest Teachable Moment, Irene provides inspiring stories, clear explanations, and positive practices showing how to use the skills and strategies developed in Kidpower since 1989 to increase the personal safety of young children in ways that are empowering and joyful. When it comes to safety, the earliest teachable moment is the best teachable moment as long as this is done in a way that builds understanding and skills rather than creating anxiety or fear.
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