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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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Smoother Mornings

Smoother Mornings

Mornings are a great #RealTime to connect with kids. Starting the day without arguments can be a great way to send everyone on their way to get the most out of their day. For many families though, mornings can feel...

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Do mealtimes matter?

Do mealtimes matter?

Making Time to Connect #RealTime Our theme this month is TIME - making the time to connect with your family and with yourself. The #RealTime we are talking about today is mealtime. Does it matter? It really does. Dinnertime is...

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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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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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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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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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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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22Sep No Comments
Talking to teachers and coaches

Talking to teachers and coaches

With the kids back at school and getting started with recreational activities, today's focus will be on communication with teachers and coaches. With kids in younger grades, it can be helpful to have an initial meeting with the teacher/coach while...

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14Apr No Comments
Are you taking things personally?

Are you taking things personally?

Sometimes it feels like children are doing things just to get at us. It's as if they are not considering our feelings one bit - or, they are considering our feelings and are misbehaving just to do us in. How...

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