Introducing Kidpower Founder Irene van der Zande to Mojo Mom readers–“Put Safety First” message

Today we have a video greeting made especially for readers! Kidpower founder and co-creator Irene van der Zande introduces the “Kidpower Founding Principle” that will inspire and empower you to Put Safety First.

Here is Kidpower’s Founding Principle:

The safety and healthy self-esteem of a child are more important than anyone’s embarrassment, inconvenience, and offense.

This can be easy to say but hard to do, and that is where Irene’s new book, The Kidpower Book for Caring Adults, provides a valuable resource, providing information, support and skills to teach you how to apply this principle to many situations in life. In my review of The Kidpower Book for Caring Adults, I wrote:

The Kidpower Book for Caring Adults is a must-have resource for parents, teachers and other caring adults. As an international nonprofit organization, Kidpower has taught personal safety skills to more than two million people worldwide, through their interactive personal safety workshops and other educational resources. Kidpower’s positive, success-based approach to learning safety skills is both refreshing and effective. Research has validated the Kidpower teaching method as an evidence-based approach.

Incorporating Kidpower skills into my family’s daily lives has helped me raise a child who is independent and prepared to explore the world with safety and confidence. Now all families can access this knowledge through The Kidpower Book for Caring Adults, a resource that is chock-full of practical safety skills and strategies, presented in a very accessible format. Topics include these and more: What Adults need to know about “People Safety” for kids; Building a foundation of emotional safety for young people; Five key self-protection strategies for preventing trouble; Protecting young people from bullying; Protecting children from sexual abuse; and Protecting kids from abduction and teaching stranger safety.

Kidpower empowers adults to teach these skills to kids in a way that is both effective and emotionally safe, not scary. This book is a treasure-trove of information and I am proud to give Kidpower my highest personal and professional recommendation. provides an extensive “Look inside the book” preview that allows you to browse the Table of Contents, introductory pages, index, and covers. I hope you will check it out and add it to your library.

Parents: here’s a positive step you can take today to prevent child abuse

This week I feel completely overwhelmed by all the bad news about child abuse that is happening all at once. Between the Miramonte School abuse case and Josh Powell murdering of his sons, not to mention the continuing discussions about the Penn State abuse scandal and others, it can feel like too much to take in and process. But we as parents can’t afford to shut down, either. Tonight there is a positive and productive step you can take, a training that I highly recommend: Kidpower and the Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) have teamed up to create webinar training on Fighting Child Abuse in Sports. tonight’s webinar is taking place at 9 pm ET/6 pm PT and is aimed directly at parents.

Register now
for this free, important training.

Information on Fighting Sex Abuse in Youth Sports

PCA believes the safety of all youth must be a primary focus of all individuals associated with youth sports. Late 2011 allegations of child sex abuse against prominent coaches and youth sports leaders have heightened concerns about the safety of youth sports.

We all, as leaders in the youth sports community, have the opportunity and obligation to make a difference – to do all we can to protect the kids in our programs by intentionally and deliberately creating organizational prevention measures, reporting policies and procedures for dealing with reports of abuse.

Please join PCA Founder and CEO, Jim Thompson, as he moderates a discussion with two experts in the field of child abuse prevention: Mike Town and Irene van der Zande. Mike is a former trial judge involved in many child advocacy cases, a youth sports coach, PCA workshop leader, and current law professor. Irene is the Founder and Executive Director of Kidpower, a global leader in personal safety and violence prevention, which trains youth leaders, parents, educators, and other caring adults in how to protect children from harm and empower them with skills.

Come learn answers to questions such as:
1. What do I need to watch out for?
2. How can I protect my kids?
3. What can I teach them about protecting themselves?

This live, interactive webinar is geared towards parents, and would also provide useful information to other adults such as coaches or teachers.

NOTE: This webinar is NOT for Children

Doing Right by Our Kids–empowering parents to be child safety and abuse prevention advocates

It has taken me a few weeks to get my feet on the ground in the New Year, but I am excited about 2012. I an writing a new book with Kidpower co-founder Irene van der Zande, Doing Right by Our Kids: Protecting Child Safety at All Levels of Society. I have been doing much of my blogging over at and I encourage you to follow my evolving work there, as Irene and I craft a new book and involve readers in the process. We just can’t wait to start sharing key skills and information with you, so online outreach will pave the way for the book.

Irene and I have been committed to the core idea of “Protecting Child Safety at All Levels of Society” from the inception of this project, but it was a bit hard to explain until the Penn State abuse scandal broke last fall. Now people understand why parents need to know what to do to prevent abuse AND that schools, faith communities, sports teams, and all child-serving organizations need to be actively involved as well. Secrecy and silence is so much a part of the cultural umbrella that allows abuse to happen that I have truly come to believe that if you are not part of the solution, you are part of the problem. Doing Right by Our Kids will give you many tools to be part of the solution and to gather allies to create grassroots pressure “up” the ladder of command when you need organizations to be more aware and involved. We empower kids as well, drawing on the skills that Kidpower has already taught to over two million people worldwide, and beyond that, the new book will emphasize the organizational change and cultural change that is needed to allow children to truly move with safety and confidence through society.

One thing I really love about Kidpower is that it is so positive. I don’t think I could spend years of my life just fighting against a negative. Working as a Kidpower instructor allows me to fight against abuse while teaching kids safety skills in a positive, effective, realistic way that operates through success rather than fear. I highly recommend Kidpower workshops for EVERYONE. However, this year I am stepping back from my own role of teaching workshops in order to write the news book and create other resources that can reach hundreds and thousands of people at once, rather than 10-20 people at a time. Our book project is evolving at a good time, as Kidpower has launched the One Million Safer Kids Campaign, which is participating in as an official partner.

Since last July, the campaign has already reached over 155,000 children!

So keep your eyes on for news and updates related to all of my work–I will be doing a renovation to the website for 2012 to bring all my writing and teaching interests into one site. And in the meantime, I hope you will check out what we are offering through and all the resources offered by Kidpower’s One Million Safer Kids campaign.

Stress less: Free webinar training tonight about “Getting Kids to Listen”

Join me tonight for a free webinar training featuring Amy McCready of Positive Parenting Solutions teaching strategies for “Getting Kids to Listen: The 5 R’s of Fair and Effective Consequences.”

We’ll gather online tonight from 9 to 10 pm Eastern time for this live, interactive training.

Amy McCready is a wonderful parent educator and I can attest that her techniques are effective and respectful. My husband and I have taken the full Positive Parenting Solutions training and we use the strategies we learned from Amy every day.

Please register on the Positive Parenting Solutions website to sign up for this complimentary training. I hope you’ll join us tonight.

Free training on “Getting Kids to Listen:” March 18 webinar with Mojo Mom and Positive Parenting Solutions

“Getting Kids to Listen: The 5 R’s of Fair and Effective Consequences”

You’re invited to a complimentary webinar sponsored by Mojo Mom author Amy Tiemann Ph.D. and presented by Amy McCready of Positive Parenting Solutions.
Amy McCready and Amy Tiemann
Amy McCready and Amy Tiemann have collaborated on a new book, the anthology Courageous Parents, Confident Kids — Letting Go So You Both Can Grow, to be released this April. Now they are teaming up to bring you this new webinar, teaching concrete and effective strategies about Getting Kids to Listen.

Positive Parenting LogoThursday, March 18, 2010, 9-10 PM (EST)

Who Should Attend: Parents of children ages 1-16 who want to learn concrete tools to effectively correct misbehavior without yelling, nagging or punishing.

What You’ll Learn: Amy McCready, Founder of Positive Parenting Solutions will present a fun and interactive training session designed to teach you:

– Why kids really misbehave. The answer may surprise you.

– Positive Power… Why kids MUST have it & how to give it without “giving in.”

– Courageous Parenting… Holding kids accountable without being the bad guy.

– The 5 R’s of Fair and Effective Consequences

– New resources to reduce parenting stress and feel more confident for any parenting challenge.

Date: Thursday, March 18, 2010

Time: 9:00 – 10:00 p.m. Eastern

Access: All you need is a computer with a speaker to hear the presentation. We’ll send you the log in instructions.

Cost: No charge for participants at the live event! The webinar recording will be available for purchase for those who could not attend the live presentation for $29.95.

Please feel free to invite other parents who want to learn proven tools to reduce their parenting stress.

Note Taking Guide: Print this Note Taking Guide (PDF) so you can follow along and get the most out of the webinar.

How It Works: You’ll receive an email confirmation with the link to access the webinar. When you “enter” the webinar, you’ll see the session slides on your screen as well as a video box to see the presenter and a chat box to type questions or make comments.

While you can see the presenter, no one can see you. You will be able to “go to class” from the comfort of your home and learn how you can reduce parenting stress and feel more confident in the most important job you will ever have.

RSVP: Register now at

We’ll see you at the Webinar! –Amy Tiemann and Amy McCready