Skills for Safe & Strong Relationships at All Ages

Skills for Safe & Strong Relationships

at All Ages

Kidpower social-emotional safety skills are also skills for building happier, healthier, safer relationships at all ages! For example, in addition to keeping people safe from harm…

  • Setting clear, respectful boundaries can strengthen communication with peers, family members, colleagues, and teammates
  • Acting aware, calm, and confident can can make difficult conversations go more smoothly
  • Managing emotional triggers to stay in charge of our words and actions can stop us from harming those we love
  • Applying safety principles about touch and attention in healthy relationships – including clearly expressing, respecting, and withdrawing consent – can deepen trust and strengthen connection with friends, partners, and other loved ones
  • Advocating persistently to get help can get us the support we need when our caring friends, family, and colleagues do not know that we are scared, hurt, or suffering
  • Protecting ourselves emotionally can help us think clearly and make wiser choices about how to respond when people we care about do or say things that feel hurtful or disrespectful

Like all other kinds of skills, these skills get stronger the more they get used! Adults, teens, and children say that their Kidpower skills grow stronger from everyday use – helping them feel more confident about using them in safety situations.

Use our resources and workshops to help yourself and your loved ones have joyful, happy relationships – and you will end up strengthening skills that can prevent bullying, abuse, assault, intimate partner violence, and other harm.

Kidpower social-emotional safety skills are also skills for building happier, healthier, safer relationships at all ages! For example, in addition to keeping people safe from harm…

  • Setting clear, respectful boundaries can strengthen communication with peers, family members, colleagues, and teammates
  • Acting aware, calm, and confident can can make difficult conversations go more smoothly
  • Managing emotional triggers to stay in charge of our words and actions can stop us from harming those we love
  • Applying safety principles about touch and attention in healthy relationships – including clearly expressing, respecting, and withdrawing consent – can deepen trust and strengthen connection with friends, partners, and other loved ones
  • Advocating persistently to get help can get us the support we need when our caring friends, family, and colleagues do not know that we are scared, hurt, or suffering
  • Protecting ourselves emotionally can help us think clearly and make wiser choices about how to respond when people we care about do or say things that feel hurtful or disrespectful

Like all other kinds of skills, these skills get stronger the more they get used! Adults, teens, and children say that their Kidpower skills grow stronger from everyday use – helping them feel more confident about using them in safety situations.

Use our resources and workshops to help yourself and your loved ones have joyful, happy relationships – and you will end up strengthening skills that can prevent bullying, abuse, assault, intimate partner violence, and other harm.

Videos

Tips for Inviting Open Communication with Our Kids

MJ Hayes, Kidpower of Colorado’s Visiting Instructor and Center Director Kidpower North Carolina, gives tips to parents to teach kids that it is okay to say set a boundary if someone does something unsafe or breaks our safety rules. She also helps parents have specific language tools to open up lines of communication so that our kids come to us with both the small and big things that may be bothering them.

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Kiona Presents Kidpower's Calm Down Power

Kiona Medina presents Calm Down Power from the Kidpower Safety Signals.

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Busy Adults: When to Wait and When to Interrupt

Do your kids interrupt when you are trying to work at home? It’s difficult for our littlest ones to understand when to wait and when to interrupt. Remember that everyone being at home so much is new for us and for them! In this “Kidpower Safety Snippet”, our Program Director Angela Hamilton gives a Kidpower lesson in less than 4 minutes that may help!

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Marylaine Presents Heart Power for Kids

Marylaine Léger, Montreal, Quebec Center Director and Kidpower Trainer, presents Kidpower Safety Minutes™ about Heart Power for kids of all ages. This power helps us to remember to take in kind words into our hearts, to protect our hearts, as well use to use our heart to be kind to others.

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Kidpower Shorts Episode 2: Digital Citizenship

The second installment of the Kidpower Shorts series focuses on an increasingly important topic — digital citizenship. Most of us are spending a lot more time online working, learning, and socializing, and practicing good digital citizenship can help everyone have a better time on the internet!

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Kidpower Shorts Episode 4: Emotional Safety

The fourth episode of the Kidpower Shorts series addresses emotional safety. This video aims to provide skills for recognizing and managing triggers, keeping your heart protected from other people’s upset, and managing your own upset feelings in a safe and respectful way.

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Boundary Setting Skills Webinar for Adults

In two separate Webinars, Irene van der Zande, Executive Director and Founder of Kidpower Teenpower Fullpower International, shares stories, skills, and strategies about how to use boundary-setting skills to stay safe with ourselves and each other emotionally and physically during this intense and challenging time. She shares how to use a boundary bridge to improve communication and how to persist in the face of common negative reactions to boundaries – and how to teach these skills to young people and others you want to support. She Also demonstrates how to coach the use of these skills to address problems in live practices with Kidpower team members about common problems that people are having while living and working together, often while parenting and educating children or supporting vulnerable family members.

(Original Broadcast Date: March 24, 2020 & April 16, 2020)

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Conflict Resolution Skills Webinar for Adults

Master Conflict Resolution Trainer Maryse Postlewaite joins with Kidpower Founder Irene van der Zande to share fun and effective ways of reducing stress, preventing problems, and creating compassionate relationships during this challenging time when many of us are struggling with home all day together or with being far apart. These skills can make life better for everyone – now and into the future.

(Original Broadcast Date: March 31, 2020)

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Setting Boundaries with Family and Friends

Setting boundaries with family and friends – Recap & Recording of the “Healthy Boundaries” Coaching Conference Call

This recording focuses on healthy boundaries and the positive communication and self-advocacy skills that we, and our kids, can use to build healthy relationships. The purpose of this kind of coaching call is to take real situations that the callers give us and turn the problem into a practice using Kidpower skills and strategies that you can use to help yourself and your children to be safer, and have fun, and deal with the problems that come up in life.

Listen to the recording>>

Books

Kidpower Book Front Cover

The Kidpower Book for Caring Adults

This inspiring, comprehensive guide puts Kidpower’s nearly 30 years of experience at the fingertips of parents, educators, and all adults who care about protecting children and teens.
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Relationship Safety Skills Handbook Front Cover

Relationship Safety Skills Handbook

This empowering handbook is for victims of, or people at risk of, interpersonal, dating or domestic violence, and the support people in their lives, to learn ‘People Safety’ concepts and skills to help them prevent or stop future violence.
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Doing Right by Our Kids

The #1 best-selling guide to Child Safety in the #MeToo era. Practical tools for adults to take charge of the safety and well being of the young people in their care, and to address the obstacles that often get in the way.
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Doing Right by Our Kids is a field guide for practicing courage. It will arm you with the knowledge and skills you need to know when, why, and how to act to protect your kids.”

— Dan Heath, New York Times Bestselling Author

Workshops

Learn Kidpower from the experts! Your choices include:

    • Online, pre-recorded courses at your own pace: visit the Kidpower Online Learning Center to start learning now, including our popular Kidpower Child Protection Advocate Training
    • Online, live workshops with others around the world: take a workshop open for public enrollment!
    • Online, live workshops with others in your own group: arrange a virtual Kidpower instructor to teach your group…
      • physically gathered in one location
      • joining online from remote locations
    • In Person [PAUSED for the pandemic]: take a live workshop organized by Kidpower and open to the public or organize a workshop for your own group!

To take a workshop or arrange your own, visit our Workshops page!

We’re here to answer your questions, suggest resources, and give you more information about how to take or plan a class. Contact us today!

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