Run, don't walk, to a Kidpower class. If there are conversations about 'strangers' or personal space or safety that you feel ill-equipped to have with your child(ren), let the experts help out! Kidpower basically initiates these conversations and then gives your kids the voice, words and actions to use in a number of situations.
It was money - and prime Sunday hours - well-spent!
Kidpower is fantastic. It offers age-appropriate, positive, empowering, effective tools in a very positive context. It allows children to both "nourish their hopes and not their fears" and be prepared to make the safest choices for themselves. The teaching is excellent, the role-plays are fun, and the comic book continues to engage our daughter, reminding her of the tools we learned in class.
As a parent of a 5 year old and a 2 year old, I found their workshop to be very informative, entertaining and applicable. The thing that impressed me most, is how well the material was conveyed to both the parents and the children in the room. My son and I now have a common language that we can use to discuss topics around safety and empowerment. The follow up materials (the included comic book) was a hit with my son and he likes to go back and read it with me from time to time. It is an extremely effective way to reinforce the topics that we had discussed during the workshop so that he can apply the principles on a daily basis.
My 8 year old son was just harassed on our block by three older neighborhood boys. He came home crying and sad. When I asked him about what had happened he told me the story. Despite being upset by the experience - he had actually followed Kidpower personal safety rules that he'd learned in the two workshops he's attended! I was happy to hear that he had followed his safety rules: he didn't answer them back (used his mouth-closed power); didn't get closer to them but rode away (used his move-away power); came home immediately (went to safety) and told me (got help). THIS is Kidpower in action. When a child can use skills from a workshop to stay safe in the moment - that spells success!
I had heard fabulous things from parents in my community about Kidpower. I took my daughter to a Kidpower Workshop when she was 5 years old and was amazed at the valuable and relevant information! But I was also impressed with how fun, interactive, and the non-feared based ways in which the skills were taught. There was nothing scary about learning how to be safe around people! I realized after that class that both my children needed a Kidpower class - but not just once. They will each attend every year of their lives until adulthood. People safety skills are like water and bike safety skills - they need to be lived and practiced daily. I sincerely believe every child and teen needs and deserves a Kidpower Teenpower class every year.
Kidpower gave me the language that allows me to easily talk to my son about being safe in a variety of situations. For example, I can simply explain why he can't do certain things without getting into a power struggle, and because we can talk about what he would do in certain situations, I have the confidence I need to allow him to grow in his independence (for example, dealing with public bathrooms now that he is too old to go into the ladies room with me - thank you, Kidpower!)
I am absolutely in love with this organization and attribute their teachings to protecting and empowering both my children and I. I have attended numerous workshops with Kidpower and find them to be exceptional. They are power based, not fear based. This is not about Stranger Danger, this is about teaching children to look, listen and be strong, to talk, to have a voice, to use it, to help them selves and to help others. Many times my children have used what they have learned from Kidpower, as have I. When tragic events happen the first thing I do is suggest Kidpower programs to those in need. So often people feel helpless or lost when they have heard of an event that places lives in jeopardy of when something painful has happened to them or those they know. Kidpower helps to remove those feelings and replace them with strength, dignity and power.
My daughter took a Kidpower workshop two years ago at age 12, and it increased her skills, awareness and confidence. She's small and slight for her age, so it also helped lessen my anxiety about her safety. Now that she is in a large high school with an open campus, I plan to take her back to Kidpower for another workshop to refresh and add to her skills. Kidpower provides an excellent and unique community service.
We had an excellent workshop for adults and we learned so much! Easy things to help our kids be safe, and feel empowered. I would recommend Kidpower highly!
I had been searching for the appropriate self-defense workshop that I could take with my 16-year old son and feel very fortunate to have found the Teenpower program. The instructors addressed the needs of all the participants based on their personal experiences, age, background and ability. They were caring, and experienced teachers. The program was interesting, informative, useful and fun all at the same time. I would highly recommend it and suggest that organizations look to offering similar programs in schools and community associations.
I took a KidPower seminar through my son's preschool and felt inspired and empowered as a parent and also just as a person. The "people safety" skills that KidPower teaches are important for kids and adults, alike. I've been using the information from the seminar with both of my children for the last year and am excited to be taking my daughter to a parent/child KidPower workshop next weekend.