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23Mar No Comments
[VIDEO] Family Dinner - Breakfast Television

[VIDEO] Family Dinner – Breakfast Television

Julie Freedman Smith, Parenting Power visits Breakfast Television Calgary on March 23, 2017 to discuss the importance of the family dinner, why it happens, and why we need to make it a priority. It doesn't have to be at dinner,...

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23Mar No Comments
Car time

Car time

Statistics show that more and more time is being spent in a car. Does your family meet that mold? When we read that the average mom spends 66 minutes per day driving, we both laughed. Only 66 minutes?!! For many...

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16Mar No Comments
The secret to a great Spring Break

The secret to a great Spring Break

Spending a week of #RealTime together can be a test for any family. Whether you are heading out on vacation or staying at home, there is a great tool that every family can use to set themselves up for success....

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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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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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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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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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23Oct No Comments
Are you bitter?

Are you bitter?

You will often hear us say, “What are you doing for your children that they could be doing for themselves?” We ask you, and we ask it of ourselves. This is a Parenting Powerism through and through. Most of the...

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13Oct No Comments
How are you starting your day?

How are you starting your day?

It's time to take stock: How are you starting your day? We hear from parents who are dreading the moment that their child wakes up, never knowing if this will be a good day OR a disaster from the start....

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What's normal?

What’s normal?

As parents, we are regularly told that our kids are stressed-out. Does that stress you out? It doesn't have to. In Five Simple Lessons to Help De-Stress your Stressed-Out Teen (And Yourself in the Process), Erin Anderssen reminds us all...

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Act Don't Yak

Act Don’t Yak

Over the past 14 years, Parenting, we have developed many "isms." These are sayings that we use repeatedly. One of our favourite Parenting Powerisms is: ACT Don't YAK! We have found that many, many parents love to talk. Talking with...

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29Aug No Comments
Show your child that you believe

Show your child that you believe

We recently heard from an on organization called Because They Can. They are working to close the Belief Gap. This is the gap between what adults believe is possible and what kids are actually capable of achieving. When adults don’t...

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26May No Comments
Making it easier to say "No"

Making it easier to say “No”

Last week, we talked about getting comfortable with saying, "No." We talk with many parents who don't find that an easy thing to do. Some don't like it, but still find themselves telling their kids, "No," over and over again,...

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19May No Comments
Too busy to read this??

Too busy to read this??

We know that kids live what they learn and learn what they live. Kids learn excuses from the world around them; from their friends and from their parents. We know that prevailing culture dictates that the current status symbol, available...

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12May No Comments
But....I don't know

But….I don’t know

"But...What?!....I dunno!" The excuses continue. "But," you say, "How can but or what be an excuse? And what if someone really doesn't know?" In reality, these everyday, mild-mannered words are not always excuses. However, when emitted from the lips of...

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Are you too tired to parent?

Are you too tired to parent?

This month, we are getting clear about our Top 5 Excuses - these are the ones we hear most from parents and kids when we are working with families or giving presentations. Excuses are everywhere. They provide a reason to...

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