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I just got this story from a relieved father:

“My three-year old had a huge meltdown when we didn’t have the chocolate milk he desperately wanted. Suddenly, I remembered Calm Down Power. I took his hands and told him to squeeze my hands hard and take a deep breath. Immediately, he stopped crying and screaming and was able to listen. This simple Kidpower skill saved the day!”

At any age, our Kidpower’s Emotional Safety Skills use simple movements and words to help us to manage our emotional triggers so we can think clearly and make wise choices for ourselves – and even a young child can learn most of these techniques right away.

For descriptions on how to use and teach these techniques, see our updated article Twelve Kidpower Emotional Safety Skills for All Ages – which, thanks to our wonderful translator María Gisella Gámez, is also available in Spanish: Doce habilidades de seguridad emocional e Kidpower para todas las edades.

I hope that you and your loved ones are happy, healthy, and safe, despite the challenges of this time!

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Published: September 8, 2021   |   Last Updated: September 8, 2021

Kidpower Founder and Executive Irene van der Zande is a master at teaching safety through stories and practices and at inspiring others to do the same. Her child protection and personal safety expertise has been featured by USA Today, CNN, Today Moms, the LA Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Publications include: cartoon-illustrated Kidpower Safety Comics and Kidpower Teaching Books curriculum; Bullying: What Adults Need to Know and Do to Keep Kids Safe; the Relationship Safety Skills Handbook for Teens and Adults; Earliest Teachable Moment: Personal Safety for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers; The Kidpower Book for Caring Adults: Personal Safety, Self-Protection, Confidence, and Advocacy for Young People, and the Amazon Best Seller Doing Right by Our Kids: Protecting Child Safety at All Levels.