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Category Archives: Communication


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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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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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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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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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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12Jul No Comments
Siblings in the Summer

Siblings in the Summer

Too much togetherness is rarely a good thing, so set your kids up for success with realistic expectations for the summer. Follow these steps to build a plan that works for your family. Provide some structure Going from scheduled school-time...

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22Jun No Comments
How will you connect?

How will you connect?

Summer provides us with a lot more time with the children. As we discussed last week, when kids are out of school, there may be up to 81 hours of "free time" for our kids each week (and this already...

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15Jun No Comments
168 Hours

168 Hours

First things first Thank you to those of you who let us know your responses to our weekly blogs. Mostly, you are letting us know that we are hitting our mark. Sometimes, you are helping us to see where we...

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Time for Nothing

Time for Nothing

With so much on the go this month, we are here to remind you that #ThereIsAlwaysTime. As important as it is to plan time for what needs to get done, it is also important to plan time for nothing. In...

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[VIDEO] Making amends

[VIDEO] Making amends

Teaching your kids to make amends is more than simply asking them to say "I'm sorry". Julie and Gail discuss the four steps in helping parenting teach their child to make amends. 1. Own it. 2. Fix the problem. 3....

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Making time for exams

Making time for exams

If you are a parent with kids in school, June is the new December. With final performances, field trips, exams, and soccer/lacrosse/ball-hockey/baseball/soft-ball/golf/tennis tournaments, the calendar can feel incredibly overwhelming! That's why our theme this month is #ThereIsAlwaysTime Today we are...

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25May No Comments
Too much worry?

Too much worry?

May has been a wonderful month to clear out the #TooMuchStuff that may be getting in the way of our lives. There is freedom in identifying and releasing items that are crowding our spaces and our time. Today, we come...

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18May No Comments
TooMuchStuff in Your Calendar?

TooMuchStuff in Your Calendar?

Today, our focus is #TooMuchStuff in the Calendar. We often hear from parents that there isn't enough time to get 'it' all done, or that things are so busy, that life feels overwhelming. Research tells us that adults are spending...

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[VIDEO] Parenting Teenagers - Walking the fine line

[VIDEO] Parenting Teenagers – Walking the fine line

Teenagers! Do you have one? You may relate here! How do you walk the fine line as a parent, giving them the freedom and flexibility they need, while keeping in place the boundaries and expectations you have for them? A...

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[VIDEO] Share Shaming - Gail Bell on BT Calgary

[VIDEO] Share Shaming – Gail Bell on BT Calgary

Gail Bell, Parenting Power on Breakfast Television Calgary explains how to teach your kids to deal with sharing situations and to handle sharing pressure. [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8JLkdizHCE[/embedyt]

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[VIDEO] Building Blocks for Parents - June 7, 2017

[VIDEO] Building Blocks for Parents – June 7, 2017

We invite you all to come and join us on June 7, 2017 for a fun, casual and inspiring evening for parents! We will be speaking to you about the five critical steps to your child's independence to allow them...

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27Apr No Comments
We challenge you to reduce

We challenge you to reduce

As we come to the end of Earth month, we can focus our awareness on our final #RealResponsibility - Reducing. This cycle has the power to decrease the waste in our world. We begin by reducing the items coming into...

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