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Category Archives: Holidays


20Dec No Comments
# Holiday Break Calm

# Holiday Break Calm

Here we are, the final week of 2017. As we head into the winter break with our kids, we revisit our 2017 theme, CONNECT. Time off of school and work, time with family and friends creates spaces for connection. Time...

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14Dec No Comments
BT Calgary - Managing different viewpoints from family during the holidays

BT Calgary – Managing different viewpoints from family during the holidays

Awkward situations may arise when families get together and differing viewpoints arise. How to handle these situations?? Gail Bell provides tips and suggestions on Breakfast Television Calgary to help navigate through these sticky situations. [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZBV2eIL4ts[/embedyt]

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14Dec No Comments
Social Calm

Social Calm

At this time of the year, there are many opportunities for connection. Social gatherings, family visits and celebratory meals mean that we get the chance to reconnect with old friends, meet new ones and share traditions with families. Opportunity or...

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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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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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11May No Comments
Why don't they appreciate anything?

Why don’t they appreciate anything?

At Parenting Power, our beliefs are simple. You build a child from the inside – out; from the ground – up. You devote time to cultivating strong roots and a firm core. You allow leaves and shoots to develop once...

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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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16Feb 3 Comments
Plans for #NoPhoneFamilyDay

Plans for #NoPhoneFamilyDay

It has been exciting to watch the spread of #NoPhoneFamilyDay over the last month! The two of us have been regularly stopped by friends and viewers only to have them confirm, "Our family is on board for Family Day!" As...

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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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Wish Lists

Wish Lists

For the month of December, we're asking: What's It All About? We know that our readers celebrate many different holidays this month. Our intention is to bring clarity to these holiday celebrations. We decided to start, by talking about Holiday...

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17Dec No Comments
Parenting is: Creating time for your family

Parenting is: Creating time for your family

As the last weeks of 2015 play out, we are reminded of our theme: This year, we've spent time recognizing and shifting excuses, taking responsibility for our own behaviour and our parenting. In doing this, we've modeled for our kids...

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Parenting is: model intentional spending

Parenting is: model intentional spending

AND WE'RE OFF! The countdown to Christmas (or Chanukah - or whatever your family tradition) has begun! For many families, this means lists and shopping, parties and concerts, wrapping and traveling. It usually also means SPENDING! As Emily Holland writes...

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Getting clear about giving thanks

Getting clear about giving thanks

What's important to your family at Thanksgiving? Maybe it's the people? A favourite poem? A special food that has to be on the table? Asking these questions of your children my help you to discover that your kids really do...

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31Oct No Comments
5 Parenting tricks to keep Halloween fun

5 Parenting tricks to keep Halloween fun

Some families find Halloween a terror-filled event from start to finish. Whether it is arguing about candy limits and costume choices or fighting over where kids are allowed to go, and how late to stay out, trick or treating can...

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