There are two skills that can help children in self-preservation, and also help them form healthy relationships. These skills would be learning to be compassionate, sensitive to the needs of others; and secondly, learning to be assertive.
Developing a sense of concern for others can go a long way in forming emotional bonds. At the same time, it may be crucial to stand up for one’s own rights without being aggressive. Assertiveness and compassion are some of the most effective ways to combat violence.
Teach your children to care for themselves as well as others.