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Two young brothers sitting outside tickling each other and playing.Here is how Kidpower skills helped Jeremy feel less lonely…

In a workshop at a shelter for families escaping domestic violence, we practiced how to set boundaries in a calm and respectful way instead of getting angry and yelling. Ten-year-old “Jeremy” told us thoughtfully, “I think this will help me to keep my friends.” Then he talked honestly about how he kept losing friends when his only response to a problem was anger.

The cycle of violence that so many people experience can only be broken when children and adults learn about ALL the tools they can use to deal with problems.

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Published: December 23, 2021   |   Last Updated: December 23, 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.