Real-Life Rules: A Young Person's Guide to Self-Discovery, Big Ideas, and Healthy Habits

Real-Life Rules: A Young Person's Guide to Self-Discovery, Big Ideas, and Healthy Habits

by Mariah Bruehl


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Raise happy, confident, and resilient children—engaging activities that explore the life lessons that make for a well-rounded upbringing.

As our children journey into adolescence, their social worlds begin to expand. While we can’t protect them from what other people say or do, or paint them a picture of a perfect world, we can teach them how to handle themselves and difficult situations from the inside out.

Teens and tweens crave more autonomy, but they need guidance more than ever. By equipping children with a variety of methods for dealing with different scenarios, we can give them the tools they need to navigate through life. This book offers insights, practical advice, and concrete activities that will serve children well as they begin to find their way independently in the world, while at the same time helping parents to provide them with scaffolding to be safe, happy, and successful.

With chapters that focus on:
·         cultivating positive qualities such as gratitude, courage, integrity, and generosity
·         understanding health and nutrition
·         mastering simple etiquette
·         connecting with others, resolving conflict, and empathy
·         exploring fiscal responsibility
·         best practices for social media and navigating the digital world
·         and more!

Through hands-on projects, vivid graphic printables, and interactive activities, Real-Life Rules brings the whole family to the table, offering opportunities to explore, discuss, and experience both the concrete and abstract concepts that are critical for living a meaningful, thoughtful life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611800531
Publisher: Shambhala
Publication date: 09/04/2018
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

MARIAH BRUEHL is a parent, educator, entrepreneur, and author of the book Playful Learning (Shambhala Publications, 2011). With over twenty-five years of experience working in the field of education and a master of science degree in education from Bank Street College, she has worked as both a teacher and lower-school director at highly respected schools such as the Dalton School in Manhattan and Ross School in East Hampton, New York. In 2015, Mariah opened Playful Learning Studio where she teaches local children and develops curricula for her website, Playful Learning, an online resource for early childhood educators and parents.
     Growing up, Mariah was always that girl sitting in class thinking about how she would do things differently if she were the teacher. Now, she is happily working with a team of gifted educators to bring life-changing lessons to children, families, and schools around the world. In her free time she can be found taking long walks, enjoying a cup of tea, or swimming in the Atlantic with her husband and two daughters.

Table of Contents

Introduction 01

Be the Person 07

Letters to Myself 09

1 Habits of Heart and Mind 13

Setting the Stage: Inspiration Stones 14

Optimism: The Power of Positive Thinking 16

Integrity: What Would You Do? 18

Generosity: A Generous Heart 20

Creativity: Outside the Box 22

Courage: Take Action 24

Gratitude: Take a Moment 25

Collaboration: Stronger Together 27

Mindfulness: Step-by-Step 28

Perseverance: Smart Intentions 29

2 Know Thyself 31

Your Inner Voices: Self-Affirmations 32

Give Yourself Permission 34

Letter to Myself 36

Self-Portraits 37

Hello Me Haiku 39

Sensing Peace: Peaceful Pouch 41

Dream Big: Visualize It 42

What's Your Opinion? 44

Sharing Your Ideas: Writing a Persuasive Letter 45

3 Well-Being 49

Know Your Body 50

Eating the Colors of the Rainbow 52

The Balanced Foodie: Healthy Meals and Snacks 54

The Food-Mood Connection: Keeping a Food Journal 56

What's in It? Understanding Ingredients 58

Daily Movement: Sun Salutations 59

What's Your Pulse? 61

Self-Care: DIY Cup of Tea 63

4 Building Community 67

Being a Good Listener 68

Bringing It Home: Family Member Interview 69

Making Connections: Conversation Starters 70

Recipe for Friendship 71

Same and Different 73

A New Perspective: Seeing through the Eyes of Others 74

What Is Conflict? 76

The Art of Compromise: Finding Win-Wins 78

5 Mindful Manners 81

Introduce Yourself: Meeting People 82

Greetings from around the World 83

Giving Thanks: Thoughtful Thank-You Letters 85

Setting the Table: Handmade Placemats 86

The Art of Eating 88

Calculating a Tip 90

Manners Bingo 92

6 Cheating Value with Values 95

The Value of Money: Chores and Allowance 96

Save, Share, and Spend 98

Choosing a Charity 100

Birthday-Party Budget 102

The Entrepreneurial Spirit 103

7 Digitally Savvy 107

Emoji EQ 111

Time Well Spent: Keeping a Tech Log 114

Netiquette: THINK First! 115

What Is a Reputation? Your Digital Footprint 118

Know Your Sources 121

Messages in the Media: Is It a Wonderful World? 122

Digital Storytelling: Planning and Making a PSA Video 124

The Digital Deal: Creating a Family Agreement 126

Closing Thoughts 129

Look, Listen, Share 130

Printables 133

Bibliography 249

Credits 257

Acknowledgments 259

About the Author 261

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