Building Life Skills is an introductory text that gives students the tools they need to build strong self-concepts and skills for managing their lives. The content is organized into 42 short, easy-to-read chapters with a bright, appealing design. Over 130 new photos show modern teens confronting today's challenges.
Life View brings text information to life in a realistic way.
Express Your Creativity feature suggests creative ways for students to experience the chapter content.
World View features can be used for cross-cultural education.
Discussion questions are formatted as instant messages.
Getting Involved activities suggest application of chapter concepts to community volunteer work.
1. Growing and Changing 2. Your Personality 3. Challenges You Face 4. Communicating with Others 5. Your Family 6. Your Friends
Part 2: Managing Your Life
7. Getting Ready to Manage 8. Managing Your Resources 9. Managing Time, Energy, and Money
Part 3: Understanding Children
10. Taking Care of Children 11. Safety and Health Concerns 12. The Business of Babysitting 13. Parenting
Part 4: Your Health and Nutrition
14. Promoting Good Health 15. Looking Your Best 16. Nutrition and You 17. Eating Nutritiously 18. Managing Your Weight
Part 5: Working in the Kitchen
19. Getting Your Moneys Worth 20. Kitchen Safety and Sanitation 21. Kitchen Utensils and Appliances 22. Convenience in the Kitchen 23. Getting Ready to Cook 24. Fruits and Vegetables 25. Cereal Products 26. Milk and Milk Products 27. Protein Foods 28. Foods of Different Cultures 29. At the Table
Part 6: The Clothes You Wear
30. Clothing Design 31. Building a Wardrobe 32. Fibers, Fabrics, and Sewing Tools 33. Getting Ready to Sew 34. Sewing Skills 35. Caring for Clothes
Part 7: The Place You Call Home
36. Your Personal Space 37. Keeping Your Home Clean and Safe
Part 8: Reaching New Heights
38. Working with a Group 39. Job Skills 40. Career Decisions 41. Careers in Family and Consumer Sciences 42. Balancing Family and Work
Louise A. Liddell - Her career in family and consumer sciences includes 15 years of teaching high school in Tennessee. As Assistant Superintendent for a youth development center, she continued her work with teens. Louise's leadership roles in professional organizations include service at local, regional, state, and national levels. As president of the Tennessee Vocational Association, she received a Life Membership award in AVA for outstanding leadership. Louise is also the coauthor of the text Building Life Skills, as well as many magazine and newsletter articles. Louise has a bachelor's degree from the University of Georgia and a master's degree from Memphis State University. She is the author of Apparel: Design, Textiles & Construction and Preparing for Life and Career.
Yvonne S. Gentzler, Ph.D. - is an Associate Professor in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. She has taught Family and Consumer Sciences courses in secondary and university settings. Her innovative approaches to instruction have captured the attention of audiences nationwide. Yvonne is a popular life skills authority for television, radio, and print media personnel. She has maintained an active record of leadership in professional organizations and has been the recipient of numerous teaching, service, and research awards. During her tenure as a secondary school educator, she led seven groups of students to achieve national recognition in Family and Consumer Sciences related projects.