How to Be a Person printable poster with cut-and-paste merit badges!

Packed with tips and tricks, How to Be a Person, helps kids learn how to manage whatever life throws their way.

Calculate a tip! Have a conversation! Do a load of laundry! Write a thank-you note! Plunge a toilet! Apologize! Incentivize your kids to skill-up by earning these nifty merit badges—and more!

Other Beings Merit Badge
Saying it Right merit badge
Wearing That? merit badge
Edible Food merit badge
Two Cents Merit Badge
Dirty Things merit badge

It’s easy to get started. Kids begin by asking themselves, “How can I help?” Then, try five skills from the sampler of pages from How to Be a Person in the video below.

Next, as they master each skill, pop a cut-and-paste merit badge on this fun How to Be a Person printable poster!

For even more skills to choose from, grab a copy of How to Be a Person and try something from each of these sections of the book: Other Beings, Say it Right, Dirty Things, Wearing That?, Edible Food, Two Cents, and Useful Skills.

Jam-packed with tips, tricks, and advice — all illustrated in an irresistible graphic novel–style — How to Be a Person shows kids just how easy it is to free themselves from parental nagging and become more dependable — and they’ll like themselves better, too!

Excerpted and adapted from How to Be a Person © Catherine Newman. Illustration © Debbie Fong.

Catherine Newman

About the Author

Catherine Newman is the author of What Can I Say? and the award-winning bestseller How to Be a Person, as well as two parenting memoirs: Waiting for Birdy and Catastrophic Happiness, and a middle-grade novel, One Mixed-Up Night. She's also the co-author of Stitch Camp. Newman is the etiquette columnist for Real Simple magazine and the editor of the James Beard Award–winning kids’ cooking magazine ChopChop. A regular contributor to publications including the New York Times, Romper, Cup of Jo, and Grown & Flown, Newman lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, with her family. Visit her at

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