I hope that this note finds each of you happy and well. I am especially glad to be able to tell you that we’ve heard from TuTrinh, Director of our Kidpower France Center, that all of her family and friends are safe, though of course deeply upset by the attacks in Paris. I feel honored […]
7 actions you can take to address fears about school shootings and lockdown drills in ways that create emotional safety for children. Addressing questions like: What is the best way to protect our kids from school shootings? How can we keep them emotionally safe in the face of news about kids getting killed at school and about bomb and shooting threats at schools? How can we explain to them about lockdown drills?
One of my most heartwarming moments of this past month was thanks to the 4-H Club of Soquel, a small town near where I live. The children and youth had chosen Kidpower as their service project and decided to create a charitable coin-toss booth at the Santa Cruz County fair. These enthusiastic young people built […]
At Kidpower, we teach that Heart Power can be used to take kindness into your heart, protect your heart from harmful messages, and use your heart to connect with and be compassionate towards others. Yesterday, Lily’s Homecoming Day was filled with Heart Power. How Heart Power helped my elderly mother to heal her emotional heart and united our family and friends to overcome many obstacles to bring her home.
One thing we at Kidpower have learned over the years as parents and teachers ourselves is that for Halloween to be fun – we have to KNOW OUR AUDIENCE and PLAN AHEAD. None of the young kids we know like to see R-rated murder and mayhem – so every year we scout out ahead of time our trick-or-treat route and check in with neighbors to make sure we avoid streets that kids might not want see – because it’s too scary. A little planning ahead and thought about who will be experiencing your Halloween displays, costumes, and celebrations, can go a long way to making Halloween fun and safe for the kids and adults in your lives!
The reason we call our programs Positive Peer Communication, is because our approach is to teach the skills we want young people and adults to build for respectful self-advocacy, boundary setting, and effectively getting help. These skills do help to prevent bullying and harassment — and even more importantly: they are the same skills that help everyone to build positive, healthy relationships and a culture of safety and respect in their families, schools, communities, and workplaces.