Safety Skills for Children – Kirkland Ages 5 to 8

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*Ages 5 to 8.

Keep the magic of childhood safe in this low-key, friendly and age-appropriate class for girls and boys. Learn about risks facing your kids, how to frame the discussion with children, and recognizing when someone may be targeting members of your family.

Children will practice the ‘five fingers’ approach: think, yell, get free, run, and tell. In the first part of class your child will practice some basic safety rules and skills in a safe and non-scary way. We focus on strengthening your kids’ ability to determine whether they feel safe and respected, what to do about it in the moment, and how to seek help afterwards.

In the second part of the class for older children, they will learn about boundaries, practice recognizing when boundaries are being violated, and using their voice and body language to address those boundary violations. The final 10-15 minutes is oriented towards parent education.

The second part of class for younger kids is geared towards parent education: we will look at tactics that child molesters use to gain access to children through parents, and community resources available for your safety needs.

Parents learn tools to continue the conversation, as well as to sort through all the information and misinformation on keeping their children safe.

A parent must attend with their child(ren). Both parents are also welcome.

Cancellation up to 2 days before class: full refund.
Cancellation after that but before class begins: partial refund.
Cancellation after class: no refund, but can apply tuition to a later class.

Strategic Living

Life is to be enjoyed. At the same time, we want to make a positive difference in the lives of others. Life-long skills for confidence, safety and independence help you achieve both. There's really only one reason to learn self-defense: to enhance your quality of life. To emPOWER you to make safety choices with confidence. To promote resilience and independence. In these self-defense classes you learn to use your voice to say NO and STOP to people and events that threaten to diminish your quality of life.

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Reviews of Strategic Living

(3 Reviews)
Lindsay P.
This class was fantastic: superbly practical, forceful without inducing unnecessary fear, the right balance of physical and psychological tools. I dragged myself there because I felt like I "should" do a self-defense class, and it was actually really fun, too. Joanne's storytelling made the techniques memorable and relate-able. After just one 5-hour workshop, I feel I'm very well-equipped to prevent an attack and to handle an attack should it come to that. Best money I've spent in a long time
Christine C.
Violence against women is a scary reality, but Joanne's self-defense class gave me a little more confidence that I will be able to protect myself (and, more importantly, that I can listen to my intuition and not go into dangerous situations in the first place). This class is one of the best things you can do for yourself, and it would make a great gift for female friends, sisters, daughters, etc.
Marie G.
When I landed on the Strategic Living website, I was impressed by the variety of options & the flexibility offered. After I made the decision to join with my kids, my girlfriends also jumped in. Joanne offered us a private 3 hour session for the ten of us. Our ages ranged from 14 to 50+. I was very impressed with the style of the class, the topics covered & how well Joanne discussed topics relevant to our collective experiences. It was a great course for all of us & now I can rest easier knowing my kids & friends are capable of protecting/defending themselves. Highly recommend!! Should be a requirement for all women!