Tools For Learning

Inspiration for Parents & Educators

About Family High Five: Inspirational Parenting Blog

Tools for Learning ApprovedFor parents and educators looking for new tools, ideas and strategies for learning. Our inspirational parenting tools can help reduce stress and make your time with your children enjoyable and productive. Our ideas are designed to help you positively interact with your children, help them learn, increase their level of responsibility, and nurture them through life. Our inspirational parenting tips and tools can help achieve better balance in relationships, reduce money worries, discover more quality time and allow for happier interactions with your children. Support is only a click away! I hope you’ll share your workable strategies and ideas, or pick up a few from the other readers.

As the saying goes, It takes a village to raise children. Using inspirational parenting and Tools For Learning can help us all be better parents and teachers! 


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Dr. Mary Ann Smialek works in areas of strategic planning, organizational development and team implementation strategies in education. Her primary focus is organizational change through process redesign efforts and human resources development, positive home-school connections, student success and positive team partnerships. Dr. Smialek’s credits include national and international presentations and seminars on team building and empowerment. She has authored articles on the dimensions of teams for Quality Progress and the Quality Management Forum.

Read Our Latest Blog Entries:

  • Saying “Yes” to Change

    - Change is inevitable and inescapable! Sometimes it’s very sad or scary, but sometimes it ‘s exciting! Some changes are natural like aging, and the changing of the seasons. Some changes are catastrophic, such as illness, the death of a loved one, or bankruptcy. Some changes are joyous, the birth of a child, moving to be […]
  • Create a Flexible Structure for Kids

    -   Flexible Structure??? Oxymoron??? Not Quite!!! Kids of all ages need structure daily. Rules give kids limits in a limitless world. In turn these rules supply the emotional security that they need everyday also. The key is to be structured without ever being rigid, and feeling protected while being spontaneous. Being flexible assures kids’ expression of […]
  • How to Apologize to Your Kids

    -   How to apologize to your kids is sometimes a touchy subject for moms and dads. I think it would be remiss of me, though, if I ignored it or sloughed over it. As good parents that we are, we teach our children to act in acceptable ways by helping them understand what their mistakes […]
  • Seeing the World Through a Child’s Eyes

    - Have you ever reflected on how your child sees the world? Have you ever wondered how she feels when she asks you to play with her? I’ve often thought of these things lately with my 2 little, precious, granddaughters. I don’t think I ever much thought about how my grown  son was seeing his world […]

    - When we’re young we see the world as our spirit directs – with all our senses – and it is magic! Make it your priority to add magic to the ordinary for your kids. Many adults have lost this enchantment and search everywhere for happiness, peace, and fulfillment. Countless hours are spent in therapists’ offices […]

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