By Kate Goggin, International Living Educator,

leftquote"This is it - the leaving home guide I wanted for my son (and myself)! Tina Pestalozzi has thoroughly researched the practical steps every young adult should complete before leaving the nest - organizing money matters, mastering business etiquette, renting a first apartment - while mapping a route to self-sufficiency and responsibility. I recommend it to my clients as essential reading for kids who want to be successfully independent (and for the parents who want to help them get there!)" rightquote

Katherine Kirk "Marriage & Family

Life Skills 101Whether you are leaving home to live on your own for the first time, or simply feel you have missed a few points along the way, this is the book for you. Tina Pestalozzi writes in a positive, matter of fact style about important matters such as financial planning, social skills, setting up a first apartment or home, and landing a job. I bought this book as a gift for a psychotherapy client who is planning on moving out of his family home for the first time. However in previewing it, I was reminded of some tasks I need to attend to in my own household: tightening up my long term financial plan and improving my organization skills, for example. This book is perfect for both young men and women who are starting off on their own. I can envision parents sitting down with their teenagers and going through the topics together. The book is set up perfectly for this kind of discussion. For those of you about to be on your own for the first time, enjoy! This is a time in your life you will always remember.Life Skills 101

By YoMama –

leftquoteThe best of the best. Life Skills 101:... is the very first book you should read if you are planning on moving out on your own. It has absolutely everything you will need to know, not only from the planning stages on through the move, but for life's little "surprises" that will soon be your own personal challenges. Advice on jobs, renting, and even your car, it's all here. …. for those who are seriously committed to the moving out process, and willing to do a bit of reading, Life Skills 101:... is a solid choice. rightquote

The Mining Journal

Life Skills 101Parents might want to sit down with their teenagers to discuss the information covered in Life Skills 101: A Practical Guide to Leaving Home and Living on Your Own by Tina Pestalozzi. While many of the topics Pestalozzi addresses apply mainly to off-campus life, her step-by-step instructions for tasks like balancing a checkbook, landing a job, cleaning the bathroom and doing laundry will be helpful to dorm residents as well. Beginning with social skills and covering business, financial and consumer information, Life Skills 101:... is chock full of practical advice everyone can use when they set out on their own for the very first time.Life Skills 101

Mary Schneeberger, Teen Services Coordinator


Life Skills 101The author, director of Global Protocol and Etiquette Services, has created this great tool from her student workshop of the same name. It is everything it claims to be: a one-stop shop for practical and effective ways to make the most of this YA rite of passage. From helping readers determine when they are ready to fly the nest to the nuts and bolts of keeping a roof over your head, food on your plate and funds in your pocket, it goes on to cover everything else that will make young people feel confident and comfortable (think job skills, how much to tip and when, buying a car, doing laundry, nurturing yourself, and what to keep in the medicine cabinet). A great graduation gift.Life Skills 101 KLIATT Codes: SA-Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2001, Stonewood Publications (P.O. Box Nine, Cortland, OH 44410), 186p. bibliog. index. 22cm. 00-133460., $14.95. Ages 16 to adult. Reviewer: Mary Arnold; Reg. YA Svcs. Mgr., Cuyahoga Cty. P.L., Maple Heig, July 2001 (Vol. 35, No. 4)

The Midwest Book Review

leftquoteIn Life Skills 101: A Practical Guide To Leaving Home And Living On Your Own, Tina Pestalozzi offers the reader a comprehensive, articulate, practical, sequential, and effective guide to the complete spectrum of skills required to successfully face and master the challenges of living on your own for the very first time. A complete spectrum of issues are addressed from consumer savvy, dining skills, and financial know-how, to job search success, money management, and workplace etiquette. Invaluable advice is offered on the necessities involved with maintaining a car, home, laundry, time, general well-being, and staying connected. Before leaving the parental home to strike out on your own, the most effectively beneficial preparation you can make is to give Tina Pestalozzi's Life Skills 101 a careful reading from first page to last.rightquote

School Library Journal

Life Skills 101For young adults getting their first jobs, moving into their own living quarters, or about to go off to college, this guidebook provides a basic look at what it takes to make it in today's world. Each chapter covers a major area in life skills without becoming a lecture or sounding like the proverbial parental talk. Beginning with social skills, the author also includes business, financial, consumer, and some legal information, such as the importance of reading and understanding contracts. Lists concerning the baseline needs of living independently include kitchen supplies and other basic household items. "How-tos," as in how to do laundry, keep a car running, plan meals, and buy supplies, round out the information. Each chapter can easily be read independently. Important points are repeated within boxes or set off with bullets. The type is large enough to encourage reading without seeming overwhelming and the use of white space provides just the right amount of delineation.Life Skills 101
Pam Johnson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
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By Linda Guidry –

leftquoteVery good resource. This book provides all the elements necessary to quickly and easily present and teach independent living skills to adolescents who are aging out of the foster care system. I recommend this publication to anyone who is working with teenagers who are moving from dependency into an independent living situation.rightquote

By Natalie Andrews (Dover, DE)

Life Skills 101This product is very cute for teenagers that are about to go to college or get their first apartment.Life Skills 101

Go Milpatas! - Anne Zeise

Life Skills 101You've graduated high school, received your diploma, and now you're ready to begin life on your own. You have one tiny question though - how do you do that? This book offers practical advice on everything from finding your own apartment, signing a lease, buying a car, budgeting your money, doing laundry, and a hundred other things you need to do to live successfully on your own.Life Skills 101

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