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Life Skills Education Library - Talking About series
Set of 10 books 24 pp each [Series ISBN 1-77008-069-4

| Talking about being a good friend | Talking about being shy | Talking about smoking |
| Talking about good manners | Talking about cheating
|Talking about your parents' divorce | Talking about drug abuse  |
| Talking about alcohol abuse  | Talking about when a parent dies  |
| Talking about adoption |

REVIEW: "These books will help learners on how to deal with different situations in real life. This pack deals with different topics. It teaches the learner valuable coping skills. Books are strong and durable. Language is simple and clear and is easy to understand. Layout is user-friendly." [Northern Cape Department of Education]

English


Talking about being a good friend

Describes the qualities of a good friend and discusses activities and communication problems involved in friendship.

Susan Kent

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Contents

  • What is a good friend?

  • Anita and Thabo

  • Friendships

  • Finding good friends

  • Friends do things together

  • Edwin and Kagiso

  • When friends donít get along

  • When friends change

  • Elizabeth and Kim

  • You are a good friend 


Talking about being shy

Introduces the concept of shyness and offers suggestions on how to deal with it.  

Marianne Johnston

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Contents

  • What is shyness?

  • When do people feel shy?

  • Kagoís first day

  • Youíre not the only one

  • Why are people shy?

  • Caution can be good

  • When shyness is harmful

  • Try and try again

  • The gymnast

  • Low self-esteem


Talking about smoking

Discusses the dangers of smoking and ways to avoid starting this unhealthy habit. 

Elizabeth Weitzman

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Contents

  • Tracey

  • Where do cigarettes come from?

  • Whatís so bad about smoking?

  • Second-hand smoke 

  • Why do young people smoke? 

  • Cigarette adverts 

  • Why do grown-ups smoke?

  • If your parents smoke

  • Giving up smoking

  • Nothing cool about it


Talking about good manners

A simple discussion of what good manners are, why good manners are important, and how manners are different in different cultures.

Diane Shaughnessy

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Contents

  • Maggie, Cindy and Phenyo

  • What are good manners?

  • Learning good manners

  • When to use good manners

  • Good manners at school

  • Good manners at the table

  • Getting along with others 

  • Alina and Tumelo

  • Being rude

  • Different kinds of manners 


Talking about cheating

Discusses cheating,why people may cheat, and how to win without cheating.

Dolly Brittan

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Contents

  • Tshepo

  • What is cheating?

  • Bad choices

  • Why do people cheat?

  • Good choices

  • Better ways to win

  • Follow the rules

  • Phuti wins

  • When people cheat

  • Friends donít cheat 


Talking about your parents' divorce

Offers basic advice on how to deal with parents' divorce, including coping with feelings. 

Elizabeth Weitzman

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Contents

  • Masego

  • Whatís going on?

  • Custody

  • A new home

  • When a parent moves away

  • Try to help out 

  • In the middle

  • Talk about it 

  • Dating

  • No oneís divorcing you


Talking about drug abuse 

A simple introduction to different drugs and how they affect the body and to the problem of drug abuse.

Anna Kreiner

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Contents

  • What are drugs?

  • Why are some drugs illegal?

  • Depressants

  • Hallucinogens

  • Opiates

  • Why do people take drugs?

  • When people take drugs

  • Addiction 

  • Drugs hurt 

  • Drugs and your friends  


Talking about alcohol abuse 

Explains what alcohol is, who may drink it, and how it affects the brain, the body and the personality. Discusses how to deal with peer pressure to drink and related matters. 

Marianne Johnston

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Contents

  • What is alcohol?

  • Alcohol is just for grown-ups

  • If your parents drink

  • Alcohol and your brain

  • Alcohol affects your body

  • Alcohol can make you sick

  • Alcoholism

  • How does alcohol affect people?

  • Alcohol abuse affects everyone

  • Peer pressure


Talking about when a parent dies 

Provides advice on surviving the death of a parent and suggests what feelings and behaviour to expect from others.

Elizabeth Weitzman

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Contents

  • Mandisa

  • Grief 

  • Itís not your fault

  • You can never love too much

  • A common fear

  • Changes

  • Share your feelings

  • Acceptance

  • The next step

  • Memories last for ever


Talking about adoption

Explains what adoption is,why a parent might put a child up for adoption, and what is special about being adopted.

Diana Star Helmer

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Contents

  • Kabeloís family grows 

  • Adopting each other

  • Birth is only the beginning

  • What babies need

  • Showing love in different ways

  • People who love you

  • Every child is special 

  • Surprises

  • Being special 

  • Families are special 

 

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