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Kid in the Kitchen
One hundred all-new recipes for home chefs ages 8-14
The Complete Baking Book for Young Chefs
One hundred plus sweet and savory recipes to bake, share and eat.
The Complete Children’s Cookbook
Delicious step-by-step recipes for young cooks.
The Complete Cookbook for Young Chefs
One hundred recipes that you’ll love to cook and eat!
Eat Fresh Food: Awesome Recipes for Teen Chefs
Yum! From breakfast to soup to dinner specials to desserts, this book has it all.
Whether you’re a first-time or seasoned chef, you can prepare and take pride in more than the 50 mouthwatering recipes in this book.
This USDA website is chock full of ideas, recipes and information.
The Today Show offers this information.
Teens and adults can take FREE cooking classes with Universal Class. Just visit our website and click on the Universal Class icon.
How To Be a Person: 65 Hugely Useful, Super-Important Skills to Learn Before You’re Grown Up
A book that can help with many skills including ones related to cleaning up. It has sections on, “How To Hand-Wash Dishes,” “How to Vacuum,” How to Clean a Bathroom,” and much, much more.
Hunt, Gather, Parent: What Ancient Cultures Can Teach Us About the Lost Art of Raising Happy, Helpful Little Humans
Challenges the misleading child-rearing practices commonly recommended to parents, outlining alternatives grounded in international ancestral traditions that are being used effectively throughout the modern world.
Parent Magazine offers this helpful site:
The Self Sufficient Kids site offers some tips:
Teens and adults can take a FREE class— Housekeeping 101—with Universal Class. Just visit our website and click on the Universal Class icon.
Follow the Money!
A great way for young children to practice math, learn about basic economics, and have a few laughs, too.
Dollars & Sense: a Kid’s Guide to Using—Not Losing—Money
This is a basic operating manual for money!
The Secret Life of Money: A Kid’s Guide to Ca$h
Helps kids see the surprising ways that cash affects much more than just the bank accounts and investments.
1000 Best Smart Money Secrets for Students
Find money, make money, save money!
The Teen Money Manual
A guide to cash, credit, spending, saving, work, wealth and more.
Money & Making Change
Parents Magazine offers an age-by-age guide
The MINT helps your kids become money smart
Stay Fit: Your Guide to Staying Active
Full of tips and techniques to eat healthier, be more active, reduce stress and make good choices.
The Monster Health Book
A guide to eating healthy, being active and feeling great for monsters and kids.
Why Do I Wash My Hands?
Packed with fun activities to help young learners understand why it’s important to keep clean and stay healthy.
Helps children learn about the importance of a good diet, exercise, and staying clean.
Eat Healthy, Feel Great
William Sears, M.D.
Gives kids the tools to make their own wise food choices and to have fun doing it.
A guide to health, happiness and ruling your world.
You, The Owner’s Manual for TEENS
Michael F. Roizen, M.D.
A guide to a healthy body and happy life.
All About Health & Hygiene
Kids Health is the #1 most-trusted source for physician-reviewed information and advice
It’s About Time
Stuart J. Murphy
Following a boy through a busy 24-hours will introduce very young readers to telling time.
Telling Time with Puppies and Kittens
Patricia J. Murphy
Learning to tell time can be fun!
Raising an Organized Child: 5 Steps to Boost Independence, Ease Frustration, Promote Confidence
Addresses fostering organized thinking in your child to help with concrete concerns (think a tidier bedroom!) and build critical life skills like learning to plan.
San Diego Family offers:
Very Well Family offers:
Being a Leader and Making Decisions
Stories abut great leaders—why they led, how they gained support and became leaders and why people followed them.
Making Good Decisions
The basics about making good decsions.
Win or Lose by How You Choose!
Judge Judy Sheindlin
Help kids make good decisions.
The 6 Most Important Decisions You’ll Ever Make
Offers strong advice to help teens make informed and wise decisions.
Family Education suggests:
Making friends is easy but children don’t always know how to start. This title has some suggestions.
Teaches children how to make and keep friends.
Defines friendship and how to be a good friend.
How to Say No and Keep Your Friends
Discusses peer pressure reversal for teens and preteens.
Social Skills for Kids: From Making Friends and Problem-Solving to Self-control and Communication, 150+ Activities to Help Your Child Develop Essential Social Skills
From taking turns to making eye contact to staying engaged during conversations, developing appropriate social skills is an important factor for kids to be able to succeed in school and life in general.
It’s Okay to Say, No! Dealing With Peer Pressure
Parenting Science gives good suggestions on making friends.
Very Well Family offers advice to parents on helping children make and keep friends.
Good Therapy offers: 6 Ways to Help Your Teen Make and Keep Great Friends
Monster Knows Please and Thank You
Connie Colwell Miller
Teaches the basic concept of using manners and saying, "Please" and "Thank you.”
I Am Polite
The premise of this book is that having good manners is more than saying "please" and "thank you." Good manners are displayed by everyday actions, such as holding the door for someone or shaking someone's hand when you meet them.
Saying Please and Thank You
Surveys basic manners for young children.
Manners That Matter Most: The Easy Guide to Etiquette at Home and in the World
A great little book that lays out the basics of grace, etiquette, and good manners.
How Rude!: The Teen Guide to Good Manners, Proper Behavior, and Not Grossing People Out
Alex J. Packer
This book covers all the etiquette bases!
Very Well Mind offers - Teaching Children Good Etiquette and Manners
The Spruce offers - Social and Work Etiquette for Teens
Can We Get Along? Dealing with Differences
Helps kids understand the need and importance for tolerance, and the steps they can take to increase peace in their lives and in the world.
101 Ways You Can Help Save the Planet Before You’re 21
Outlines simple things kids can do to make an impact on Earth’s future.
Helping in the Community
Teaches how children’s little actions can make a big difference.
Pay It Forward Kids: Small Acts, Big Change
Talks about ordinary kids who have done extraordinary things.
Girls Resist!: A Guide to Activism, Leadership, and Starting a Revolution
Helps teens take on the world and make some serious changes in everything including activism, social justice, and resistance.
Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World
Offers a 9-step program to help parents cultivate empathy in children, from birth to young adulthood.
Bright Horizons offers: Teaching Children How to Be Good Citizens
The Department of Education has some advice: Helping Your Child Become a Responsible Citizen
What Should I Do If There is a Fire?
Teaches children the right things to do to keep them from getting hurt.
Once Upon a Dragon: Stranger Safety for Kids (and DRAGONS)
Jean E. Pendziwol
Offers stories to teach children how to stay safe from strangers.
What Would You Do? A Kid’s Guide to Staying Safe in a World of Strangers
Melissa Harker Ridenour
Helps children take a proactive role in staying safe from strangers.
Teaches children how to keep themselves safe in many situations.
What They Don't Teach Teens : Life Safety Skills for Teens and the Adults Who Care for Them
A guidebook of life safety skills for teens, their parents, and other caregivers, covering physical safety, sexual consent, social media, your rights with the police, situational awareness, dating violence, smartphones, and more.
Spotting Danger Before It Spots Your Kids: Teaching Situational Awareness to Keep Children Safe
Learn how to prepare children to ensure their security. The suggestions are not in a threatening or scary way, but in a way that is fun, engaging, and will give them the best possible chance of ensuring their own wellbeing.
Fire Safety: Prevent, React, Escape
Safety Smart About Fire!
Safety Smart in the Water!
The Safe Side: Stranger Safety
The Department of Education offers: Personal Safety for Children, A Guide for Parents
Parenting Teens With Love & Logic: Preparing Adolescents for Responsible Adulthood
The premise of this book is that teen years are challenging, but paretns also have an incredible opportunity: to guide children toward and into productive, happy, and responsible adulthood.
Making It: What Today's Kids Need for Tomorrow's World
Stephanie Malia Krauss
The author explores what adults can do to get young people ready for the future.
Raising Successful Kids: Nurturing Character, Respect, and a Winning Attitude
Popular parenting expert reveals eight parenting strategies that will help you raise kids who demonstrate character, have a winning attitude, show respect, and more while deepening the relationship between you and your child.
The Manager Mom Epidemic: How Moms Got Stuck Doing Everything for Their Families and What They Can Do About It
Shows moms how to build a happier family by firing themselves from the 'house manager' position and making each member of the family, from their husband to the youngest child, feel responsible for helping make family life run smoothly.
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