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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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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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