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Whole Child, Whole Life

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
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

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


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

For instructors

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ISBN: 9781071884423