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Whole Child, Whole Life

10 Ways to Help Kids Live, Learn, and Thrive

By: Stephanie Malia Krauss, Manuel Herrera (illustrator)

Providing essential advice, stories, and 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.
Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781071884423
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2023
  • Page Count: 296
  • Publication date: May 17, 2023

Price: $32.95

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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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Stephanie Malia Krauss

Stephanie Malia Krauss is a leading voice on what young people need to be ready and well in a rapidly changing world. Her clients include U.S.-based networks, coalitions, philanthropies, nonprofits, government organizations, schools, and community groups. An educator, social worker, and mom, Stephanie regularly contributes to education and parenting outlets, including EdSurge and Scary Mommy. She is the author of Making It: What Today’s Kids Need for Tomorrow’s World and has been featured on PBS NewsHour, StoryCorps, and more. To learn more about Stephanie and sign up for her newsletter, visit
Manuel Herrera (illustrator) photo

Manuel Herrera (illustrator)

Manuel Herrera is a seasoned professional known for his exceptional skills as a visual thinker, sketchnoter, designer, and educator. With a remarkable career spanning over two decades, Manuel has honed his passion for education, sketching, and creativity to craft engaging workshops and design talks that unlock the inner creative potential in everyone. His events are carefully curated with play and process at their core, fostering a conducive environment for participants to develop confidence and practice routines centered around critical thinking and creativity.

Having garnered international recognition for his expertise, Manuel has been featured as a distinguished speaker at renowned events worldwide, including SXSW, ISTE, FETC, and The International Sketchnote Camp. He has also established successful collaborations with book publishers, non-profit organizations, educational institutions, and private companies, lending his artistic prowess to design captivating illustrations and graphics.

Throughout his career, Manuel Herrera has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to his craft and has made a lasting impact in the field of visual thinking, sketchnoting, design, and education. His unwavering passion and dedication to his craft continue to inspire others and propel the realm of creativity to new heights.

Table of Contents

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

     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