Category: Boundary Setting

Staying Safe While Helping Others

“Wait! Please help me!” a woman called to me as she hurried across the secluded parking lot, struggling to carry her baby in an infant car seat. Darkness had fallen, and the lot was almost empty, though two other families of people I knew were close by and loading into their cars. Park rangers would […]

Caring Men Who Say Women Are Weaker

Reader’s Question: As a woman, I know first-hand the confidence and awareness I carry with me everywhere I go thanks to the training I had with you. The problem is that many of my friends don’t understand. One man keeps telling his girl friend that she just isn’t as strong as a man and she agrees […]

Emailing Angry: Think Before You Hit Send

How many of you have sent an email that made your problem with someone bigger rather than better? Or that created a problem that you hadn’t had before? A friend of mine who is a psychologist specializing in conflict resolution says that much of her work is now the result of conflicts caused by email […]

Customer Power: Dealing with Rude Salespeople

Reader’s Problem: Sales clerks and waiters are often really rude to me. I feel frustrated because they don’t seem to respect me as a customer. I don’t want to be rude myself, but can’t figure out what else to do. Kidpower Answer: It is normal to feel as if the only way to fight rudeness […]

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