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#HolidayCalm

#HolidayCalm

Our focus for the month of December is #Calm. This month can feel harried and crazy, even if it is filled with stuff we really want to do. And of course, every month has bits and pieces of things that...

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Managing the holidays for separated and divorced families - BT Calgary

Managing the holidays for separated and divorced families – BT Calgary

Julie Freedman Smith, Parenting Power on Breakfast Television, provides valuable parenting advice and tips for separated or divorced families this holiday season. [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EH0BpCNVUIg[/embedyt]

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30Nov No Comments
Family Consistency

Family Consistency

We've said it for years, "Consistency is the key!" You can set expectations, determine consequences, and set up plans. All of these things can be in place but if no one actually follows through consistently it won't work. Kids need...

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23Nov No Comments
Family Connection

Family Connection

The fall has moved by so quickly this year. In one week, we begin what is potentially the busiest month of the year. That's reason enough to consider #FamilyConnection. We continue to hear from parents that they are exhausted from...

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16Nov No Comments
Managing Power Struggles - BT Calgary

Managing Power Struggles – BT Calgary

Gail Bell visits Breakfast Television Calgary on November 16, 2017 to provide her tips and strategies to help avoid power struggles with your child. With a little trust and responsibility, parents can work out solutions with their child. [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPwk-8bifM4[/embedyt]

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16Nov No Comments
Family Expectations

Family Expectations

Are your family expectations realistic? Are you hoping for the impossible? As you spend the month of November focusing on #Family, you can get even clearer about what you are wanting to see happening on a daily, or weekly basis,...

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Family Meals

Family Meals

In a recent article, Everybody's Eating Alone, the work of Professor Sylvain Charlebois, dean of the faculty of management at Dalhouse University is quoted. He's the lead author of Disintegration of Food Habits. "Contemporary Canadians are experience a disruption of...

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Family Calendar

Family Calendar

For the month of November, we're focusing on #Family. Rather than looking at all the stuff going on outside the home (sports, extracurricular activities, school, friends,) we are turning inward to get the family in good shape and feeling like...

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26Oct No Comments
Do not assume

Do not assume

This month, we've been talking about #NoGuilt parenting. Today, let's talk about the way parents' assumptions can create guilt. Assuming that we are letting our kids (and others) down, may lead to feelings of guilt. However, everyone knows, "When you...

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20Oct No Comments
Fixing Bedtime Habits - BT Calgary

Fixing Bedtime Habits – BT Calgary

Julie Freedman-Smith on Breakfast Television Calgary October 19, 2017. Are you getting enough sleep at night? If your kids are crawling into your bed during the night and it's affecting your child or your overall sleep, Julie offers suggestions on...

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19Oct No Comments
Impeccable Words

Impeccable Words

Another great step to #NoGuilt, is found in the First Agreement of The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz: "Be Impeccable with Your Word The word is the most powerful tool you have as a human; it is a tool...

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12Oct No Comments
Don't take it personally

Don’t take it personally

Getting clear about what is right for your family is not always as easy as it is simple. As we mentioned last week, the expectations we originally had for the kind of family we would raise might not be based...

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Dealing with parenting guilt - BT Calgary

Dealing with parenting guilt – BT Calgary

Gail Bell visits Breakfast Television Calgary on October 5, 2017 to discuss parenting guilt, a self imposed felling that we bring on when our expectations and reality do not match. [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EE3Dz8d5Qxs[/embedyt]

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#NoGuilt

#NoGuilt

Whether we are speaking with one parent or a room full of them, parenting guilt is on almost everyone's lips. Regardless of the issue, parents seem to feel guilty for doing too much or too little, for buying way too...

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27Sep No Comments
A for Effort

A for Effort

Last week, we got an email question about grades and effort. This is the perfect time of year to talk about the value of effort. We know that not all kids are going to be academically strong. We also know...

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24Sep No Comments
Avoiding Parenting Labels - BT Calgary Appearance

Avoiding Parenting Labels – BT Calgary Appearance

Julie Freedman Smith visits Breakfast Television Calgary on September 21, 2017 to talk about the unnecessary pressure parents put on kids when they identify themselves with their child's activities. [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjiiW8hWAts[/embedyt]

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21Sep No Comments
Social Media When?

Social Media When?

One job of parents is to keep our children safe. As they age we move from monitoring their every move to teaching them how to keep themselves safe, shifting gradually through age-appropriate stages. We move from holding a toddler's hand...

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20Sep No Comments
Sports Parents

Sports Parents

It's the season when kids' activities begin so it's easy to get caught up in labels and defining your child and parents by their activities. More from Julie and Gail in this week's video post. [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sr_J5Gc2hQg[/embedyt]

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14Sep No Comments
Parent Labels: Are you a Soccer Parent, Dance Mom or Hockey Dad?

Parent Labels: Are you a Soccer Parent, Dance Mom or Hockey Dad?

It's that time of year, school has started and all of the extra-curricular activities are back on the calendar. Auditions, evaluations, practices...they add to the excitement and education in the lives of our families! Are you a Soccer Parent, Dance...

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What's missing?

What’s missing?

Something is missing... Really, when you look at your teen and wonder what on earth is going on in his/her head, remember that something IS missing. The teenage brain is not the same brain that we adults have. The part...

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