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Stay up to date with our most recent news and resources!
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. Here’s 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.read more
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!read more
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.read more
Preparing Kids for More Independence – Notes & Recording of the “Out on Their Own” Coaching Conference Call
Action plans for preparing children for more independence, so they can stay safe when they go on sleepovers, walk to and from school, visit a relative’s house where unwelcome teasing from adult family members is common, get help from adult strangers if they get lost, or run errands – going alone through the school halls on an open campus.read more
Setting boundaries with family and friends – Recap & Recording of the “Healthy Boundaries” Coaching Conference Call
Setting clear and respectful boundaries is an essential life skill for adults and kids alike and makes a tremendous difference in our ability to develop healthy relationships. This Problems Into Practices Coaching Call shows how to find solutions to specific boundary problems with young people.read more
Teaching kids about safety without scaring them – Recap & Transcript of the “Children Don’t Need Our Fear” coaching conference call
Notes and audio from our Problems Into Practice Coaching Call about how to How to use Kidpower’s Positive Practice Method to address different issues in ways that reduce anxiety, increase confidence, and develop competence in taking charge of emotional and physical safety.read more
Protecting Young People from Prejudice – Recording & Recap of our “Turning Problems into Practices” Coaching Conference Call
Our “Turning Problems into Practices” coaching conference call last month with Kidpower’s executive director and founder, Irene van der Zande, about “Dealing with and Protecting Young People from Prejudice,” addressed callers’ questions about how to cope when you are the target of prejudice, and how to reduce anxiety in situations where people are different and stop harmful actions that are based on prejudice.read more
Our children are the most precious thing we have, and they should be able to be safe in our communities. Here are some Kidpower recommendations about what to say to your kids when a child in your community is harmed by violence and resources to help keep kids safe.read more
LGBTQ+ celebrations remind us to feel PRIDE in the ways each of us are different as we work together to make our world a safer and kinder place for everyone.read more
The Tyler Clementi Foundation’s #Day1 Campaign encourages leaders of schools, organizations, businesses, and other groups to state clearly on the first day that cruel behavior for any reason is not acceptable and what to do if it happens.read more
A recap and recording of Kidpower’s “Summer Safety” Coaching call, held June 1, 2015. Read a summary transcript with links to all of the recommended resources and listen to a recording of the call. Parents and professionals called in to talk with Irene van der Zande who helped turn their concerns about safety for kids in summer camp, recreation and travel situations into step-by-step practices to help kids build confidence and skills for taking charge of their own well-being.read more
A recap of Kidpower’s May 5, 2015 “Turning Problems into Practices” Coaching Call with Kidpower Founder Irene van der Zande. Call Topic: Free-Range Parenting and Safety. Listen to the full audio and read a text summary of the listener questions and solution discussions.read more
Our Common Ground of Teaching Respect, Safety, and Confidence Going Forward Together After a Divisive Election
I am sending love to each and every one of you who is feeling sad and upset about the outcome of our election because you fear the results of having a US president who has said and done so many harmful things in the past and during this campaign.
And I am also sending love to each of you who is feeling relieved and glad, because even though you might deeply dislike some of the behaviors of our president elect, you truly believe he was a better choice for president.
No matter who had won the presidential election, there would have been millions of people in the US and other countries who would have felt very scared and very sad and millions of others who would have felt very relieved and very glad.
No matter what your political beliefs, here are five things you can do to further values that bring people together rather than tearing them apart and to support people, especially children and teens, who are feeling deeply upset by this election:
Want to add more joy and purpose to your life? Apply now for 2017 Kidpower Instructor Core Program Training!
In January 2017, people from all over the world will be coming to our annual Kidpower Core Program Training in Santa Cruz. This six-day program provides an immersion into learning how to use our Kidpower Positive Practice Method to teach children and their adults a wide range of skills for staying safe with people in ways that are effective, empowering, and FUN!
Enjoy our radio interview about bullying, conducted by high school seniors in the Youth Broadcast Journalism program with Corey Mason at El Cerrito High School.