What Does It Mean to Be Safe?: A thoughtful discussion for readers of all ages about drawing healthy boundaries and making safe choices (What Does It Mean To Be...?) (Hardcover)
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You have the power to protect yourself and others!
What does it mean to be safe? Does it mean beating a throw to home plate? Does it mean never taking risks? No! Being safe is about feeling secure, feeling protected and being responsiveâ€”no matter the environment or situation.
You can be safe in so many simple ways. From being aware of your limits to creating healthy boundaries. By not giving in to peer pressure and by standing up to bullies. And by being safe on the Internet, or knowing the right time to get a caring adult's help.
This revised and updated addition to the award-winning What Does It Mean to Be...? series is the perfect book to spark meaningful dialogue and ensure every child knows what it means to be safe.
About the Author
Rana DiOrio is an intrepid force for empowerment and positive change. Her purpose is to help people maximize their potential, and she continues to expound and expand upon that mission across her diverse and highly successful career.
As a corporate and securities attorney, tech-sector investment banker, investor, and advisory board member, Rana has catalyzed the financial, operational, and cultural growth of organizations for almost three decades. As an award-winning author and childrenâ€™s media entrepreneur, she has sparked meaningful conversations between children and their caring adults and is focused on fostering kindness in the next generation by helping creatives who make this possible realize the full potential of their work through her company, Creative Mint, Inc. She lives in San Francisco, CA with her three children. Follow Rana on Twitter @ranadiorio and on Instagram @ranedear.
As a kid growing up in China, Zhen enjoyed telling stories to her childhood friends more than anything. Today, sheâ€™s still passionate about storytelling, particularly through her drawings. Aside from illustration, she loves nature and animals. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Please visit her online at www.zhenLzhen.com.
"This book should be required reading. Not only is this message great for kids, but itâ€™s also a powerful reminder of how caring adults can help children feel safer." â€” Lanna Davis, director of childrenâ€™s programs, Futures Without Violence
"This wise story about the word â€˜safeâ€™ is told through charming drawings and compelling words." â€” Irene van der Zande, founder and executive director of Kidpower International
"There was a time when not taking candy from strangers and 'stop, drop and roll' were all anyone had to worry about. In our world today, safety means so much more. Rana DiOrio's books need to be in every classroom and home libraryâ€”and most importantly in the hands of every child." â€” Van Overton, Executive Director #SpreadLoveABQ
"What Does It Mean To Be Safe? puts everything on an empowering basis. It isnâ€™t about staying safe, itâ€™s about making yourself and others safeâ€¦ A diverse cast of characters, beautiful illustrations and the use of green technology to produce a superior product are also plusses." â€” Marian Allen, author
"Rana DiOrioâ€™s book tackles all these safety issues that kids face growing up in suburbia. She does it in a calm and gentle way, raising the right points but without making it scary. I like how she touches on listening to your inner voice and standing up to bullies. This is the kind of book that reinforces the messages that we parents give. It allows for dialogue should an issue come up, but it can also just be an gentle reminder of how to stay safe. And thatâ€™s exactly the message that I want to impart to my kids." â€” Pragmatic Mom
"What Does it Mean to be SafeÂ is a wonderful exploration of how to recognize and appreciate what it means to maintain healthy and flexible limits across contexts and time. It is important to encourage young people to articulate what they are comfortable with and what feels safe. Whether it is taking on a new challenge, being open to understanding individual differences, or navigating difficult and sometimes confusing social interactions or relationships feeling safe comes from a place of trusting in yourself and others, even if something doesn't always make sense at first. This book serves as a way to begin these conversations which can support young people to recognize what comes up for them at different times, while also being open to trusting in others and their environment." â€” Alexis Reid, Educational Consultant & Director of Learning-Based Therapies, Boston Child Study Center