Ten Life Skills for Kids

Summer School at Home!

Learning doesn’t end during summer break!  

Take advantage of the summer to help your kids learn important and practical life skills.

Kids in the Kitchen

Books 4 Kids

Kid in the Kitchen

Melissa Clark

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!

Books 4 Teens

Eat Fresh Food: Awesome Recipes for Teen Chefs

Rozanne Gold

Yum! From breakfast to soup to dinner specials to desserts, this book has it all.

Teen Cuisine

Matthew Locricchio

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.

Websites 4 Kids, Teens & Adults

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.

Kids & Cleaning! They Go Together!

Books 4 Kids

How To Be a Person: 65 Hugely Useful, Super-Important Skills to Learn Before You’re Grown Up

Catherine Newman

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.

Books 4 Parents

Hunt, Gather, Parent: What Ancient Cultures Can Teach Us About the Lost Art of Raising Happy, Helpful Little Humans

Michaeleen Doucleff

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.

Websites 4 Kids, Teens & Adults

Parent Magazine offers this helpful site:

Secrets to Cleaning with Kids | Parents

The Self Sufficient Kids site offers some tips:

8 Tips For Getting Kids to Help Clean The House (selfsufficientkids.com)


Teens and adults can take a FREE class— Housekeeping 101with Universal Class.  Just visit our website and click on the Universal Class icon.

Dollars & Cents!

Books 4 Kids

Follow the Money!

Loreen Leedy

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

Elaine Scott

This is a basic operating manual for money!

The Secret Life of Money: A Kid’s Guide to Ca$h

Kira Vermond

Helps kids see the surprising ways that cash affects much more than just the bank accounts and investments.

Books 4 Teens

1000 Best Smart Money Secrets for Students

Debby Fowles

Find money, make money, save money!

The Teen Money Manual

Kara McGuire

A guide to cash, credit, spending, saving, work, wealth and more.

DVDs 4 Kids

Money & Making Change

Websites 4 Kids, Teens & Adults

Teens Got Cents

Parents Magazine offers an age-by-age guide

The MINT helps your kids become money smart

Health & Hygiene

Books 4 Kids

Stay Fit: Your Guide to Staying Active

Sara Hunt

Full of tips and techniques to eat healthier, be more active, reduce stress and make good choices.

The Monster Health Book

Edward Miller

A guide to eating healthy, being active and feeling great for monsters and kids.

Why Do I Wash My Hands?

Angela Royston

Packed with fun activities to help young learners understand why it’s important to keep clean and stay healthy.

Staying Healthy

A.R. Schaefer

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.

Books 4 Teens

Total Teen

Tracy Anderson

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.

DVDs 4 Kids

All About Health & Hygiene

Websites 4 Kids, Teens & Adults

Kids Health is the #1 most-trusted source for physician-reviewed information and advice

Super Healthy Kids


What Time is It?  Telling & Managing Time

Books 4 Kids

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!

Books 4 Parents

Raising an Organized Child: 5 Steps to Boost Independence, Ease Frustration, Promote Confidence

Damon Korb

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.

DVDs 4 Kids

Telling Time

Websites 4 Kids, Teens & Adults

San Diego Family offers:

Tips to Teach Kids Time Management

Very Well Family offers:

Teaching Your Kids Time Management

Decision Making

Books 4 Kids

Being a Leader and Making Decisions

Tracey Baptiste

Stories abut great leaders—why they led, how they gained support and became leaders and why people followed them.

Making Good Decisions

Stephanie Finne

The basics about making good decsions.

Win or Lose by How You Choose!

Judge Judy Sheindlin

Help kids make good decisions.

Books 4 Teens

The 6 Most Important Decisions You’ll Ever Make

Sean Covey

Offers strong advice to help teens make informed and wise decisions.

Websites 4 Kids, Teens & Adults

Family Education suggests:

Decision-Making Techniques for Children

How to Interact With Others

Books 4 Kids

Making Friends

Janine Amos

Making friends is easy but children don’t always know how to start.  This title has some suggestions.


Meg Greve

Teaches children how to make and keep friends.


Isaac Seder

Defines friendship and how to be a good friend.

Books 4 Teens

How to Say No and Keep Your Friends

Sharon Scott

Discusses peer pressure reversal for teens and preteens.

Books 4 Parents

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

Keri Powers

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.

DVDs 4 Kids

It’s Okay to Say, No! Dealing With Peer Pressure

Websites 4 Kids, Teens & Adults

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

Please, Thank You, etc.

Books 4 Kids

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

Maria Nelson

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

Maria Nelson

Surveys basic manners for young children.

Books 4 Teens

Manners That Matter Most: The Easy Guide to Etiquette at Home and in the World

June Eding

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!

Websites 4 Kids, Teens & Adults

Very Well Mind offers - Teaching Children Good Etiquette and Manners

The Spruce offers - Social and Work Etiquette for Teens

Be a Good Citizen

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

Joanne O’Sullivan

Outlines simple things kids can do to make an impact on Earth’s future.

Helping in the Community

Vic Parker

Teaches how children’s little actions can make a big difference.

Pay It Forward Kids: Small Acts, Big Change

Nancy Runstedler

Talks about ordinary kids who have done extraordinary things.

Books 4 Teens

Girls Resist!: A Guide to Activism, Leadership, and Starting a Revolution

Kaelyn Rich

Helps teens take on the world and make some serious changes in  everything including activism, social justice, and resistance.

Books 4 Adults

Unselfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World

Michele Borba

Offers a 9-step program to help parents cultivate empathy in children, from birth to young adulthood.

Websites 4 Kids, Teens & Adults

Bright Horizons offers: Teaching Children How to Be Good Citizens

The Department of Education has some advice:  Helping Your Child Become a Responsible Citizen

Be Safe, Be Happy

Books 4 Kids

What Should I Do If There is a Fire?

Wil Mara

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.

Staying Safe

A.R. Schaefer

Teaches children how to keep themselves safe in many situations.

Books 4 Teens

What They Don't Teach Teens : Life Safety Skills for Teens and the Adults Who Care for Them

Jonathan Cristall

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.

Books 4 Parents

Spotting Danger Before It Spots Your Kids: Teaching Situational Awareness to Keep Children Safe

Gary Quesenberry

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.

DVDs 4 Kids

Fire Safety: Prevent, React, Escape

Safety Smart About Fire!

Safety Smart in the Water!

The Safe Side: Stranger Safety

Websites 4 Kids, Teens & Adults

The Department of Education offers:  Personal Safety for Children, A Guide for Parents


Parenting Teens With Love & Logic: Preparing Adolescents for Responsible Adulthood

Foster Cline

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

Kevin Leman

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

Thomas Phelan

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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