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Life Skill Tools for Anyone & Everyone

Look around and find life skill tools to help you at home or in the classroom! We are continually adding to this page so please keep checking in! Do you have a resource you'd like to add or a topic you'd like to request? Let us know by filling out the comment form at the bottom. Thank you for your input!

Note: At this time, Learning Life Company does not receive financial compensation or incentives from any of our friends listed below!

Online Security

The Hands on Banking® program is a free public service provided by Wells Fargo.


FamZoo is a “Virtual Family Bank” that parents set up to teach their children (ages 5-18) about personal finance. The parents own the bank, hold the real money, and set the ground rules. The children learn by doing, not by lecture.

Financial Security
Time & Stress

Support from Disney: many topics & perspectives. Good Stuff!


TEEN LINE is a confidential telephone helpline for teenaged callers. It operates every evening from 6:00pm to 10:00pm PST and is toll-free from anywhere in California. 


Support for Parents

FREQUENT FLYER FATHER: Calling on fathers to be more present at home while on business trips.

The Life Skills 

The Life Skills Report Card


Transform your parenting from reactive to proactive today with the Life Skills Report Card  (LSRC). The LSRC makes communication with children about things you are already teaching them easier.

Patterned after traditional academic report cards, the Life Skills Report Card (LSRC) has five main categories - each with six subcategories. Just as academic report cards vary between cultures and age groups, so too will Life Skills Report Cards.  
Enjoy your complimentary download of the Life Skills Report Card.

Health Knowledge

Managing Your Stress


After reading through the seven tips about things

that can help stress,

think of what you are going to do today that might help:

Slow Down - Exercise - Get Plenty of Rest - Eat Well - Discuss Your Problems


UT Health Science Center - San Antonio: TEI:


The Teacher Enrichment Initiatives (TEI) involve partnerships between faculty and staff of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and K-12 teachers in the San Antonio area and include:

  • a multidisciplinary health science curriculum

  • teacher professional development programs

  • interactive on-line student activities & simulations


Medicines in My Home (MIMH) is a multimedia educational program to teach consumers from adolescence through adulthood how to choose over-the counter medicines and use them safely.


Safe Drivers

How do you want to eduate the importance safe driving? If you go to You Tube and search for "Pay Attention or Pay the Price" announcements, you'll see a variety of video clips that are very impactful for any driver. We've chosen not to make them available on our site because they are graphic and very sad, and it's just not our place to force videos like that upon any of you.

With that said - we feel the videos express the gravity of distractive driving in a way that may be necessary for one teen and maybe not for another. You make the choice.  First grab a tissue and then when you're done, let's all remember to stay focused on the road. Parents are sometimes worse than teens because we get over-confident and busy...two ingredients that make us forget we are not the only ones on the road and it's a recipe for disaster.




Books & Articles

Parent advice from a mutant - a therapist and the world's most experienced parent;
she cared for 366 teens needing short-term foster care.

Katherine Gordy Levine is a wife, mother, grandmother and one time foster mother.
She and her husband offered short term care for teens in trouble with the law. She is also a licensed therapist.

Before becoming a foster parent, she directed the Social Service Department at Woman's Hospital in New York and then became an Assistant Professor at Columbia University.

Following her years as a foster parent, she directed mental health crisis teams in the most poverty ridden areas of NYC. She also continued teaching as an adjunct professor at Columbia University and Smith College.

Katherine has spoken at close to 60 seminars, workshops and events. A sought after guest speaker she has spoken on topics such as family support, children's mental health, anger management, family violence, parenting, intervention, self care and emotional fitness. She has been a guest speaker with the Institute on Psychiatric Services American Psychiatric Association, American Public Health Association, NASW's Annual Conference, and she has spoken at universities across the country, from Portland to Washington.

She is the founder of Emotional Fitness Training, Inc. and describes herself as the C.E.O. and Jill of All for that company.


Katherine Gordy Levine

Katherine Gordy Levine

Vanessa Van Petten

Vanessa Van Petten

Every parent fears “losing” their child. But in this revolutionary book, youthologist Vanessa Van Petten translates what parents want to say into what teens want to hear.

At 16, Vanessa Van Petten started her award-winning website,, in reaction to sudden friction with her parents. Today,Vanessa and more than one hundred teen contributors help thousands of parents build and maintain healthy, strong, mutually fulfilling relationships with their teenage children—by providing prescriptive advice straight from the source.

From classic fights like dating and chores to twenty-first century issues such as sexting and cyberbullying, this comprehensive book provides step-by-step guidance on every worry, including:

• Lying • Social Networking • School • Peer Pressure • Sex  • Drugs

It’s never too late to reconnect. Vanessa Van Petten helps you learn what’s really going on in your child’s life, and most importantly—understand when to put your foot down and when to let go. This book is helpful for parents with kids ages 7 to 25–the advice is timeless and can help in all parent child relationships.

Tom Krause, an American Poet, has been a contributing author to the nationally acclaimed CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL book series 16 times. Tom’s humorous and heartwarming presentations, based on the themes BE YOURSELF, BELIEVE IN YOURSELF and GO FOR YOUR DREAMS, have been enjoyed by thousands of people worldwide. Tom is the author of TOUCHING HEARTS-TEACHING GREATNESS, Stories from a Coach that Touch Your Heart & Inspire Your Soul, and THE LITTLE BOY’S SMILE. His book for teenagers, A TEEN’S GUIDE TO NOT BEING PERFECT, received an Independent Publisher’s Award for 2010. Tom recently retired after 31 years of teaching/coaching in the Missouri Public School System.

Attitude & Character

Attitude and Character section coming soon.



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