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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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30Aug No Comments
3 Steps to School

3 Steps to School

You know it is coming... If you listen very carefully, you can hear the opening notes of the theme from Jaws playing in the back of your mind. Da...da. Da....da. Da.da.Da.da. Dadadada. The notes are getting closer together! The tension...

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25Aug No Comments
BT Calgary - Starting a new school and kindergarten

BT Calgary – Starting a new school and kindergarten

Julie Freedman Smith, Parenting Power visits Breakfast Television to provide tips and strategies for parents to help their kids who are starting a new school or starting kindergarten. [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrtzvwHKa0Y[/embedyt]

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24Aug No Comments
School is normal

School is normal

Last week's newsletter highlighted the power we have over our own emotions. We can only change or have control over ourselves. Let's keep this in mind as we count down the days until school is starting. The fear of the...

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18Aug No Comments
Setting Curfews with Teenagers - Gail Bell on BT Calgary

Setting Curfews with Teenagers – Gail Bell on BT Calgary

Gail Bell talks about setting expectations around curfews with your teenagers on BT Calgary, August 10, 2017. [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJ3j6ce5hsA[/embedyt]

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17Aug No Comments
How are YOU feeling?

How are YOU feeling?

The following article reminds us all about the importance of getting our own emotions in check. Kids live what they learn and learn what they live. What a great skill to model for our children! Want to Change Your Child?...

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16Aug No Comments
Bringing Grandparents and Grandchildren Closer Together

Bringing Grandparents and Grandchildren Closer Together

So, we live in a society where grandparents and grandchildren hardly mix, do we? Apparently not. According to the Vanier Institute of the Family, it seems that the number of people living in multi-generational households in Canada has reached 1.3...

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Who's the Boss?

Who’s the Boss?

We love the following article by Tim Elmore! One thing that we believe strongly is that clear, consistent communication is the key. Whether it is family meetings or knowing how you will respond in the moment, the way we communicate...

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Books and brains

Books and brains

BOOKS Summertime is reading time, at least it is for many. For as long as both of us can remember, summer has been about picking up one book after another from a pile and digging in, on a hammock, at...

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27Jul No Comments
What are you thinking?

What are you thinking?

At Parenting Power, we know how much our thoughts affect our feelings. When we are struggling with something frustrating, we will often ask each other, "How can we flip it?" We encourage parents to do this too: This child is...

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