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Here is how Kidpower helped one woman decide to become a mother…

Kidpower Instructor, MJ, with her family when they were young

MJ with her family when they were young

“Before I found Kidpower, I did not want to have children because I was afraid that there would be no way to keep them safe. Due to my childhood trauma, I believed that the world was a frightening and unsafe place for kids. In my first Kidpower workshop, I was amazed when I saw children practicing setting boundaries, getting help, and defending themselves from an attack. I never imagined that kids could be so powerful! Seeing ALL the ways that I could protect children and prepare them to protect themselves changed my worldview, and I am SO grateful for my wonderful family!”

~ MJ Hayes, mother and Director of Kidpower North Carolina

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Published: December 26, 2021   |   Last Updated: December 26, 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.