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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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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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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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20Apr No Comments
How do you reuse?

How do you reuse?

"One man's trash is another man's treasure" This feels like an ideal quote for this week's #RealResponsibilty - Reuse. Reusing items on an ongoing basis is something that many families do and kids are great at coming up with ways...

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13Apr No Comments
Do you recycle?

Do you recycle?

This month, as we focus on Earth Month, we are reminded of our environmental responsibilities. We often hear about Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. The following image really puts these three actions into perspective. This week, we’ll start at the bottom...

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10Apr 1 Comment
[VIDEO] Are we putting too much pressure on our kids?

[VIDEO] Are we putting too much pressure on our kids?

Julie and Gail discuss their thoughts and attention to the intentions we have as parents to set up our kids for success. But are our intentions putting too much pressure on our kids to succeed? [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eL0-Id9riW4[/embedyt]

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Responsibility for the Earth

Responsibility for the Earth

The month of April has been designated Earth Month and we are taking advantage of that to focus on awareness and intentions around care for the earth. The 4 Rs of Earth Month This month we talk about Responsibility, Recycle,...

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30Mar No Comments
Easier Bedtimes #RealTime

Easier Bedtimes #RealTime

This month, we've highlighted ways that families can spend #RealTime together. Of course, there are many times throughout the day that this can happen. Today, we are focusing on bedtime. You know the importance of sleep for your family -...

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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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