Author Archive

Posted November 26, 2013 by

The End of Bullying Begins at Home Bullying has reached epidemic proportions.  It’s time to go after its root causes and stop it in its tracks.  That’s why the web site,, presents a practical starting point for families looking for strategies and solutions.  The web site explains all about Tools for Life® HomeSTART.

Posted June 4, 2013 by

The evidence is accumulating; good social skills may depend on the ability to decipher facial expressions, particularly expressions in the eye region (DeClerk and Bogart 2008). As parent s and educators, we may think that most kids are aware and understand the body clues of others. This does not appear to be the case. Kids […]

Posted March 19, 2013 by

In Tools for Life®, we often assist children to identify how they are feeling by sharing how big or small that feeling is, or by using visuals to concretely demonstrate how those uncomfortable feelings grow.  In the small groups that Early Identification Consultants facilitate within the primary grades of our schools in the Region of […]

Posted January 8, 2013 by

By Linda Stearns A young girl wrote a letter to one of my coworkers that we wanted to share.  As Early Intervention consultants, we have the privilege to interact with many, many children and often they touch our lives and hearts too!  Here is what she wrote….

Posted November 13, 2012 by

“The Convention on the Rights of the Child as a whole, suggests the creation of schools which are child-friendly and in which children are encouraged to be curious, to argue, to challenge, to be creative, to explore and find out, to be listened to and to be respected.”  Check out this article  (Can you hear me? The […]

Posted November 1, 2012 by

My Favourite Tool in Tools for Life Relationship-building Solutions Tool Box! The Problem Solving Key Chain is the greatest to facilitate on the spot teachable moments. Children’s problems don’t just happen when they are in their classroom or in the kitchen at home where the relationship centers are. They happen as you are going out […]

Posted November 1, 2012 by

How well do we really know our students? Are we aware of family dynamics and personal experiences that can add to or distract from a child’s ability to learn? More importantly, are we able to understand how a child feels based on their perception of the situation? Children that have experienced trauma may exhibit unfavourable […]

Posted October 25, 2012 by

According to Today’s Family News, “72% of Canadians believe that spanking should remain a legal option for Canadian parents. This includes 57% of parents who say they never spank their children. “ As a professional working with children, would you encourage a class discussion around spanking? Why or why not?

Posted October 15, 2012 by

“Mindfulness is paying attention here and now with kindness and curiosity.” ( With all of the hustle and bustle in the classroom, I wonder if our students might benefit from practicing mindfulness on a daily basis.

Posted July 10, 2012 by

A new girl walks into the “classroom” and sits on a chair. None of the chairs have names on them and there are no books on the table to indicate that this might be somebody’s “spot”.  A few minutes later, 2 more girls walk into the room and sit down.  They say “hello” to the […]

Tools for Life. And Tools for Life® HomeSTART.

Relationship-building solutions for a modern world.