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Whole Child, Whole Life: 10 Ways to Help Kids Live, Learn, and Thrive

Whole Child, Whole Life: 10 Ways to Help Kids Live, Learn, and Thrive

Whole Child, Whole Life: 10 Ways to Help Kids Live, Learn, and Thrive

Whole Child, Whole Life: 10 Ways to Help Kids Live, Learn, and Thrive


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10 proven practices to help children thrive

In a world that seems to grow more unpredictable and challenging by the day, how can we increase learning and joy for children while offering them much-needed support?

Uncertainty and disruption have created a youth mental health crisis that requires all hands on deck. This urgently needed guidebook offers comprehensive and scientifically-grounded methods you can use to support young people’s well-being, no matter what obstacles they face. Written by an expert with decades of experience in education, youth development, and social work, this timely and timeless resource includes:

• 10 practices that can prevent and address mental health challenges and enable young people to thrive
• Strategies for taking care of kids while also taking care of yourself
• Information on the most pressing issues youth face, from nurturing healthy relationships to building community and belonging
• Key takeaways and reflection questions for individual use and group discussion as well as “Try Now” sections with tips and tools that can be used immediately

Providing essential information, practical advice, stories, and time-tested strategies to help kids live and learn, Whole Child, Whole Life is required reading for anyone who is working with, caring for, or raising young people.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781071884423
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 05/30/2023
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Stephanie Malia Krauss is an educator, social worker, speaker, and writer. Her work focuses on what young people need to be ready and well, now and in the future. Stephanie is the Founder + Principal of First Quarter Strategies; a staff consultant with the Youth Transition Funders Group; and a senior fellow with the CERES Institute for Children & Youth at Boston University, Education Northwest, and the Children’s Funding Project. Stephanie is the author of Making It: What Today’s Kids Need for Tomorrow’s World and a regular contributor to Ed Surge and Scary Mommy. She started her career as a fifth-grade teacher in Phoenix, Arizona. A proud New Jersey native and GED recipient, Stephanie lives in the St. Louis area with her family. You can contact Stephanie at

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
About the Illustrations
Part 1: Whole Child Portrait
Ch 1: Demographics and Determinants
Profile Parts
From Profiles to Portraits
Ch 2: Age and Stage
A Pandemic Pause
Growing Up Fast and Slow
Developmental Protective Factors
Developmental Growth Charts
Developmental Milestones
Ch 3: Brain and Body
It's All Connected
Charting Kids' Health Profiles
Ch 4: People and Places
Kids in Context
Mapping the Spaces Where Kids Spend Time
Understanding and Using Maps of People and Places
"Whole Child" Interview Template
Part 2: 10 Whole Life Practices
The Art and Science of Helping Kids Live, Learn, and Thrive
Ch 6: Meet Basic Needs
When Kids Need Essentials
More Than Maslow
Rights Worth Fighting For
Meeting Basic Needs in Times of Crisis
Ch 7: Prioritize Mental Health
Responding to Mental Health Challenges
Mental Health First Aid
Emotional Wound Care
When Feeling Panicky
When Feeling Overstimulated
When Feeling Strong Emotions or Exhibiting Self-Destructive Behaviors
Mental Health Habits and Emotional Hygiene
Prioritize and Practice
Ch 8: Invest in Personal Interests
You Can Only Be What You Can See
Invest in the Individual
Pursuits of Passion and Purpose
Lifetime Pursuits
Ch 9: Nurture Healthy Relationships
Webs of Social Support
Built to Last
How to Nurture Healthy Relationships
Nurture and Nudge
Ch 10: Build Community and Belonging
Different Kinds of Community
Climate, Culture, and Community Building
Building Belonging
Belonging Across the Long and Wide of Life
Ch 11: Embrace Identities and Cultures
Embracing Community and Culture
Identity Development
Ch 12: Attend to the Past and Present
Kid Specialists
Making Rounds
Young People Should Hold Their Own Histories
Ch 13: Act With a 100-Year Mindset
Living Longer Than Ever
Forecasting Possible Futures
Ch 14: Be a Force for Good
Civic Engagement and Sociopolitical Youth Development
Ch 15: Seek Awe and Wonder
Spiritual Development
The ABCs of Spiritual Development
Nurturing Kids’ Spirit and Spark
Wholeness Comes From an Integrated Core
A Fern That Grows in Lava Fields
Optimal Conditions for Well-Being and Well-Becoming
Aiming for Wholeness
Cultivating the Garden
Back of Book Sketchnote
About the Author
About the Illustrator

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