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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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20Mar No Comments
[Video] Connect with your kids, without speaking

[Video] Connect with your kids, without speaking

Inspired by this article, "The first rule of sports (and all) parenting: Don't Speak", Julie and Gail chat about what this means, the power of not speaking to connect with your kids. [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NabuaVE1LVI[/embedyt]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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19Nov No Comments
Parenting is: Facing scary news with your kids

Parenting is: Facing scary news with your kids

The news coming out of Paris on Friday felt shocking, scary and sad. Since that time, many parents have asked for our take on the best way to discuss this situation with their children. Wanting to do the right thing,...

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20Aug No Comments
No one likes to be seen as stupid

No one likes to be seen as stupid

Listening to the opening remarks at an event, Julie found herself starting to feel a bit prickly. As the leaders laid out their expectations of the group, she nodded her head. As the instructions got more and more repetitive and,...

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25Jun No Comments
What are you saying NO to?

What are you saying NO to?

With summer vacation around the corner, there may be a bit more freedom to tune in to the present and to build a new habit of ‘presence’ into the daily routine. We’ve been talking about finding internal happiness, shifting the...

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21May No Comments
Do your kids really hear you?

Do your kids really hear you?

It can feel so frustrating! Once again, (How many times is it this week?) you walk into the house to find that the task they said they would do remains undone. Launching into an eloquent, well-rehearsed tirade beginning with your...

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Do you respond or react?

Do you respond or react?

This month, as we continue to OWN our behaviours, our theme is Being Present. Today we consider how being present can help us to respond, rather than react. So, many regrettable parenting interactions happen when we react rather than respond....

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30Apr No Comments
When do you make time for your family?

When do you make time for your family?

We've been talking about time all month. The focus has been on creating time for what is uniquely important to each of us.There is always enough time for what is truly important in our lives. The way to find the...

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Are you making real connections?

Are you making real connections?

Last week, we considered Sleep time, and now we turn our attention to what Daniel Siegel and David Rock call "Connecting time - Intimate private time between you and those you love and care for." We really don't need to...

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26Mar No Comments
Are you talking for your child?

Are you talking for your child?

When we rewind the clock all the way back, we can remember that the first few weeks of parenting were spent diligently trying to figure out what our newborn was trying to tell us. We were open to facial gestures,...

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