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#HolidayCalm

#HolidayCalm

Our focus for the month of December is #Calm. This month can feel harried and crazy, even if it is filled with stuff we really want to do. And of course, every month has bits and pieces of things that...

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Managing the holidays for separated and divorced families - BT Calgary

Managing the holidays for separated and divorced families – BT Calgary

Julie Freedman Smith, Parenting Power on Breakfast Television, provides valuable parenting advice and tips for separated or divorced families this holiday season. [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EH0BpCNVUIg[/embedyt]

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30Nov No Comments
Family Consistency

Family Consistency

We've said it for years, "Consistency is the key!" You can set expectations, determine consequences, and set up plans. All of these things can be in place but if no one actually follows through consistently it won't work. Kids need...

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23Nov No Comments
Family Connection

Family Connection

The fall has moved by so quickly this year. In one week, we begin what is potentially the busiest month of the year. That's reason enough to consider #FamilyConnection. We continue to hear from parents that they are exhausted from...

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16Nov No Comments
Managing Power Struggles - BT Calgary

Managing Power Struggles – BT Calgary

Gail Bell visits Breakfast Television Calgary on November 16, 2017 to provide her tips and strategies to help avoid power struggles with your child. With a little trust and responsibility, parents can work out solutions with their child. [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPwk-8bifM4[/embedyt]

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16Nov No Comments
Family Expectations

Family Expectations

Are your family expectations realistic? Are you hoping for the impossible? As you spend the month of November focusing on #Family, you can get even clearer about what you are wanting to see happening on a daily, or weekly basis,...

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Family Meals

Family Meals

In a recent article, Everybody's Eating Alone, the work of Professor Sylvain Charlebois, dean of the faculty of management at Dalhouse University is quoted. He's the lead author of Disintegration of Food Habits. "Contemporary Canadians are experience a disruption of...

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Family Calendar

Family Calendar

For the month of November, we're focusing on #Family. Rather than looking at all the stuff going on outside the home (sports, extracurricular activities, school, friends,) we are turning inward to get the family in good shape and feeling like...

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26Oct No Comments
Do not assume

Do not assume

This month, we've been talking about #NoGuilt parenting. Today, let's talk about the way parents' assumptions can create guilt. Assuming that we are letting our kids (and others) down, may lead to feelings of guilt. However, everyone knows, "When you...

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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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#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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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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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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20Jul No Comments
Light reading

Light reading

This week, we've put together a few bits of light reading for you, so find a comfortable chair, put your feet up, and check out these points of view about parenting. Has the 10,000-hour rule made a difference in your...

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Stampede Fun: Stop the frowns before they start!

Stampede Fun: Stop the frowns before they start!

Plan First Do a little planning before you head out. Decide what makes sense for your family and let your kids know the plan from the start; involve them in the planning if you can. Junk Food One corn dog,...

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29Jun No Comments
Somewhere in between

Somewhere in between

For the month of June, we've been focusing on the fact that #ThereIsAlwaysTime. Today, we want to remind you that, while it feels like there are only two choices: All or Nothing, there is almost always a third choice: Something...

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