A collection of books to teach our children to
look inward and feel at home within themselves
Let's set our children off on their spiritual journey
so that they will learn early on to know
and love themselves
Toronto - Many of our children today are struggling mentally, emotionally and spiritually while parents and guardians feel hopeless, lacking the understanding of the questions to promote self reflection in them. Without the tools to support our children to journey inward, they may encounter feelings of isolation and even mental health challenges.
The Home Within You Book Collection was created for parents and guardians who wish to promote the development of a strong internal compass to help our children navigate their life's journey and build self-awareness, self-esteem, and resilience. These qualities can be taught and understood through lessons and intentional moments such as those experienced while reading the books.
Suzie Stern is the mother of two daughters ages 9 and 11. She is also a family lawyer in Toronto. Suzie represents women who are survivors of domestic violence. She also represents children in the context of both custody/access and child protection litigation. Many of the children that Suzie represents are living in foster care, group homes or on their own.
"It is my privilege and passion to have discussions with my own kids and my child clients that provoke them to think about their inner world. As such, I have written a children’s book collection called “The Home Within You.” The book collection codifies the lessons I impart on my children so that they may look inward and feel at home. It is my greatest hope that this book collection helps our children learn early on to know and love themselves."
Suzie Stern, Author of The Home Within You
The Home Within You is the original Reading Book that all of the other books in the series originate from. There is an Introduction Book with a more simplified read to introduce children and young readers to the concepts found in the original The Home Within You reading book. There is also an Activity Book with worksheets, coloring and reflection pages based on the original The Home Within You content, to reinforce the lessons and enhance engagement with the concepts. The Side By Side Book is for the parent/guardian and child, and geared toward side by side engagement and deep connection. The pages are divided between child and side by side participant to emphasize working in tandem. There is also a Teaching Book with worksheets, coloring, reflection pages and unique lesson plans based on the original The Home Within You content. This book also includes a login to access all PDFs.
“These books teach core lessons to our children, and to the inner child in all of us, that we have the recipe for healing the bumps and bruises of our own hearts, and also that sharing our recipe with others can give us the greatest joy of all."
Dr. Joanne Grevler, Family Physician
"Suzie Stern’s The Home Within You provides parents, guardians and educators with the framework to guide children to develop their inner-confidence, stand tall in their unique selves, and foster their resiliency. As a School Administrator, I see first-hand the importance of developing a strong SEL (Social Emotional Learning) curriculum in the primary years."
Marnie Stein, Co-Head of School and Principal
"Kids, particularly teens, struggle with who they are and this book provides them a clear path of how they can find their ‘true’ self with a simple tool at their disposal." Pastor Amos Sarwan, Lead Pastor of Grace Place, Director of Grace Place Food Bank
"The spiritual exercise of heightened awareness and self actualization has mostly played out in the adult arena. These books give children the opportunity and head start to build their own spirituality. Instead of blanket messaging, each child should be given the opportunity to find their own message and be educated through their own perception and experience. The Home Within You is a valid attempt to move away from the outside in approach and instead focus education from the inside out."
Rabbi Asher Jacobson
"The Home Within You series instills a sense of self-love that a child can carry with them anywhere.
" Kim Smiley, Founder of The Empathy Effect, CEO & Creative Director
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Percentage of sales donated to YouthLink
Suzie has chosen to contribute a portion of all sales of the book collection to YouthLink.
YouthLink offers: a residential treatment home; 4 co-op houses, a “What’s Up” mental health walk-in clinic, a myriad of ongoing counselling programs, other programs for youth who are LGBTQ or developmentally delayed or in or near Children’s Aid care, and other programs for the parents of youth. YouthLink also delivers the independent, national “Pathways to Education” program to young people in southeast Scarborough. In 2019 YouthLink opened a homeless shelter and transitional home for 52 youth and their dogs. The shelter features a state of the art dog kennel, making it the first of its kind in Canada.