Kids User Guide to a Human Life

a book series offering 9 to 12 year-olds fun, practical information on how to live a life with less stress and more joy



Kids User Guide Cover An Open MindHello and welcome to The Kid’s User Guide to a Human Life! I am so glad you are here. This seven book series and online community have been many years in the making.

Seven years ago this coming May, my husband Allan and I had just gotten married, moved across the country, and started new jobs all within a month! These changes were very positive, but we were still overwhelmed with the amount of change in such a short period of time. So at the end of our first month in our new home, we decided to get away and unwind on a weekend camping trip.

During a long hike on our trip, Allan started to share how he was feeling dizzy some days. He feared he was having some neurological troubles. We agreed to get it checked out by a doctor when we got home. But after further talk, it seemed to both of us that the dizziness was a symptom of anxiety and stress.

This led us to start talking about how much information we didn’t learn as kids that could have prepared us for this human life – like how to have a clear, connected attention to the moment, or what stress is and how it effects your body, or how to work with emotions, or how to communicate and listen effectively, or how to really care for your body through nutrition, exercise, hydration, and sleep. I mean we had gym class where we threw balls at one another, but that was essentially it!

We started talking about how great a series of informative books would be for kids on how to live this human life with health, joy and awareness. We imagined them illustrated with artful, inspiring images and an online component where like-minded kids, parents, teachers and counselors could come together and share what they knew about living a healthy human life. And so The Kid’s User Guide to a Human Life series was born!

I look forward to sharing with you what I have learned over the last twenty years. My studies have led me through an undergraduate degree in movement and expression, trainings in somatic therapy, certifications in yoga, studies in mindfulness meditation, and a Ph.D. in nutrition. I’m still learning each and every day how to be well, how to let go of the little things, how to stay connected to the mystery of each moment and how to work mindfully with my own emotions and relationships. It really is quite the adventure!

And most importantly, I look forward to getting to know YOU and learning how you find peace, joy and wellness. I’m grateful and honored that you’ve decided to join me on this adventure of living a mindful and present human life!

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