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Stay up to date with our most recent news and resources!
Many people expressed appreciation for our blog post about what adults need to know to protect their kids from sexual abuse - and what our kids need to know to stay safe. One mother wrote with this concern: "My biggest question is this: My daughter is so very...read more
Once a friend asked me, ” What does a child abuser look like?”
“I wish I had an easy answer to that question,” I said. …
As adults, we need to be prepared to stay connected with our children and know who the people responsible for their safety are and what they are doing. We must ask questions and speak up anytime we have a concern, regardless of discomfort or worries we might have.
Without going into the details about sexual abuse, here is what our kids need to know:read more
Without my husband Ed’s constant support of the organizational “child” I brought into our home and lives 28 years ago, there would be no Kidpower! And, since so many of you wrote about my letter to my 19-year-old self, I thought you’d enjoy a few memories and this...read more
I sometimes wish that I could put a letter in a bottle and send it across the ocean of time to one of my younger Selves. On my 69th birthday, as I am looking back over the years, here is what I would have liked 19-year old Irene to have known. 1. Don't give up. You...read more
Let’s honor Child Abuse Prevention Month this April by protecting our kids from harm – and preparing them with knowledge and skills for taking charge of their own safety. Sadly, we cannot take away the suffering caused by abuse in the past. We can and must do our best to protect the kids of today and tomorrow – and to help everyone who has survived abuse as a child to find healing and hope.
Here are seven child abuse prevention actions each of us can take this month that will make a difference.
How To Protect Kids With Extra Weight From Bullying With Pediatrician and Kidpower Board Member Abby Bleistein, MD
Kids and adults alike often suffer from name-calling, taunting, rude gestures, pranks, and other cruel behavior because of their weight. This handout and audio recording thanks to Healthful Life MD Abby Bleistein provide resources for health care providers and other caring adults who want to provide support and skills for young people who face much higher risks of being bullied about their weight.read more
What does a play about a coal miner’s son who loves to dance have to do with what we teach in Kidpower? We were truly honored when the Berkeley Playhouse chose Kidpower as the nonprofit partner for their current production of Billy Elliot: The Musical. And, when a...read more
Kidpower is honored to be selected as the featured nonprofit partner by the Berkeley Playhouse for their upcoming performance of the award-winning Billy Elliot – The Musical, playing from February 16 to March 25. This inspiring and heartwarming story is about Billy...read more
Kidpower advice to stop bullying among siblings – our answer to a babysitter’s question and concerns. As the babysitter, your job is to be in charge – and you can make a big difference in these children’s lives by helping to change this bullying dynamic.read more
As a holiday safety gift for you and your family, I wanted to share with you you some of our articles and other free educational resources that have been very helpful to the tens of thousands of people who use our free online Library each month. 1. How to Have More...read more
Our Common Ground of Teaching Respect, Safety, and Confidence Going Forward Together After a Divisive Election
I am sending love to each and every one of you who is feeling sad and upset about the outcome of our election because you fear the results of having a US president who has said and done so many harmful things in the past and during this campaign.
And I am also sending love to each of you who is feeling relieved and glad, because even though you might deeply dislike some of the behaviors of our president elect, you truly believe he was a better choice for president.
No matter who had won the presidential election, there would have been millions of people in the US and other countries who would have felt very scared and very sad and millions of others who would have felt very relieved and very glad.
No matter what your political beliefs, here are five things you can do to further values that bring people together rather than tearing them apart and to support people, especially children and teens, who are feeling deeply upset by this election:read more
Want to add more joy and purpose to your life? Apply now for 2017 Kidpower Instructor Core Program Training!
In January 2017, people from all over the world will be coming to our annual Kidpower Core Program Training in Santa Cruz. This six-day program provides an immersion into learning how to use our Kidpower Positive Practice Method to teach children and their adults a wide range of skills for staying safe with people in ways that are effective, empowering, and FUN!read more
This 90-minute free webinar with Kidpower Founder Irene van der Zande and Positive Parenting Solutions Founder Amy McCready provides simple effective bullying prevention tools for parents, guardians, and educators.
“Creepy Clowns. Crazy clowns. Scary Clowns.” People hiding behind masks to scare or hurt others is not new. Here are some recommendations from Kidpower about how to prepare kids to make safe choices and to support them in feeling confident instead of scared.
When and how to step in if someone’s else’s child is bothering your young child.