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23Feb No Comments
Dealing with laziness and kids - Gail Bell on BT Calgary

Dealing with laziness and kids – Gail Bell on BT Calgary

Gail Bell visits Breakfast Television Calgary this morning to discuss laziness and kids, and how to set them up for success! [embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEaQhV1_7P0[/embedyt]

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23Feb No Comments
When, Where and How?

When, Where and How?

#NoPhoneFamilyDay hit home with many families this week. We've heard from kids, parents, grandparents and non-parents about the realizations they had while disconnecting from social media on Family Day. Some people found it pretty easy to do, others found it...

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16Feb 3 Comments
Plans for #NoPhoneFamilyDay

Plans for #NoPhoneFamilyDay

It has been exciting to watch the spread of #NoPhoneFamilyDay over the last month! The two of us have been regularly stopped by friends and viewers only to have them confirm, "Our family is on board for Family Day!" As...

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No Phone Family Day - Julie Freedman Smith on BT Calgary

No Phone Family Day – Julie Freedman Smith on BT Calgary

For just one day, Julie Freedman Smith explains why ditching the technology, even for just one holiday, can be beneficial in creating a bond with your kids. [embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzF0zwPC1TE[/embedyt]

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Awareness

Awareness

Many years ago, we created our signature program: Parenting with a Plan. In it, we built 5 steps to help parents tackle any parenting challenge that they face. The very first step in Parenting with a Plan is Awareness. Awareness...

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Technology in the bedroom

Technology in the bedroom

We need to start by thanking everyone for the wonderful response we've had about #NoPhoneFamilyDay! Please keep sharing our posts and tweets and spreading the word. Now, let's get back to today's message: In order to connect with ourselves (and...

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26Jan No Comments
Losing track of time

Losing track of time

How much of our lives are lost to the phone? It's not uncommon to hear parents telling kids, "Hurry, hurry! There's no time to dawdle!" Many people feel that there just isn't enough time. A Global Web Index 2016 survey...

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25Jan No Comments
Setting Goals with Teenagers - Gail Bell on BT Calgary

Setting Goals with Teenagers – Gail Bell on BT Calgary

Gail Bell visits Breakfast Television Calgary this morning to discuss strategies to help teenagers, set goals, and get organized to help them achieve. It's half way through the year and the perfect time to check in with them to see...

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19Jan 1 Comment
Which 2 friends will you tell?

Which 2 friends will you tell?

We are excited to share some news with you! In partnership with the YMCA Calgary, we are starting a new movement: #NoPhoneFamilyDay That's right - on February 20, 2017 - Family Day, we're encouraging you to do three things: 1....

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12Jan No Comments
When and Where?

When and Where?

We know that the reasons to connect are plentiful. Consider these quotes from Catherine Steiner Adair in her 2013 book, The Big Disconnect: - Children need their parents' time and attention and families thrive when parents have strong, healthy relationships...

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11Jan No Comments
Why it's  good time to connect with our kids

Why it’s good time to connect with our kids

Now is the time to set the intention to connect with our kids and why it's a good time to connect with them. Julie discusses all of it and more on BT Calgary. [embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPciEcDSt9I[/embedyt]

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T-I-M-E

T-I-M-E

Kids spell love T-I-M-E. Parents can sometimes feel that they are spending so much time meeting their kids needs and wants: cooking, cleaning, driving, volunteering, school; that there isn't that much more time to give. It seems that there is...

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15Dec No Comments
5 tips for enjoyable holiday time

5 tips for enjoyable holiday time

Only a few days left, and the kids will be home for the break. How long will it be until some adult in your house is nagging at kids to get off of technology or help with the housework? How...

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Is there an Elf on your Shelf?

Is there an Elf on your Shelf?

What's it all about? Is there an Elf on your shelf? If there is, why do you have it? If your answer is - we love it, it's fun - I like hiding it and the kids love to find...

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Wish Lists

Wish Lists

For the month of December, we're asking: What's It All About? We know that our readers celebrate many different holidays this month. Our intention is to bring clarity to these holiday celebrations. We decided to start, by talking about Holiday...

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24Nov No Comments
Kids' success, is it about you?

Kids’ success, is it about you?

As we support our kids in finding purpose, we need to hold on to the true goal: building our kids up from the inside, out. It is very easy to get distracted from this parenting job. In today's prevailing culture,...

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17Nov No Comments
Are you really teaching philanthropy?

Are you really teaching philanthropy?

Yesterday was National Philanthropy Day. That put a bit of a bee in our bonnets. There is no question that philanthropy is important for the world and that there will always be people who need help from others. Philanthropy comes...

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10Nov No Comments
Finding Purpose

Finding Purpose

Helping our kids to find purpose doesn't seem that hard. Finding something for our kids to do to help out seems simple. However, in many families, there really isn't that much that they NEED to do, and it is often...

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5 Tips for Post US Election parenting

5 Tips for Post US Election parenting

What your child does not need to hear today is adults panicking about politics! Parents are asking us what they should say to their children. Here are our thoughts: This is a great opportunity for all parents to stop and...

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We all need a REAL purpose

We all need a REAL purpose

Purpose. This month, our focus is purpose. Kids need purpose. Actually, humans need purpose. In their book, Raising Self-Reliant Children in a Self-Indulgent World, H.Stephen Glenn and Jane Nelsen write about the importance of meaningful roles: "We are the first...

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