Healthy boundaries help us to prevent and solve problems with people we know – and to develop positive relationships that enrich our lives. Here are some tools for understanding and stating our boundaries in respectful, clear language, and for persisting with positive responses when someone has a negative reaction to a boundary. Remember Kidpower’s Underlying Principle from Ellen Bass, Founding Board President and Co-Author of “The Courage to Heal” and “Free Your Mind”: “Your safety and well-being are more important than anyone’s embarrassment, inconvenience, or offense!”

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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; and The Kidpower Book for Caring Adults: Personal Safety, Self-Protection, Confidence, and Advocacy for Young People.

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