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



July 2023 | 296 pages | Corwin

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.

 
List of Tables and Figures
 
Preface
 
Introduction
 
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
Essentials

 
When Kids Need Essentials

 
Safety

 
Belonging

 
Purpose

 
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

 
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

 
 
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

 
Conclusion

 
 
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

 
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Author
 
About the Illustrator
 
Glossary
 
Endnotes
 
Index

For instructors

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ISBN: 9781071884423
£24.99