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Category Archives: Power struggles


21Jun No Comments
Is anger your first response?

Is anger your first response?

As summer vacation approaches, the ability to stay present, to recognize and extend our happiness becomes really important. There is no question that increased togetherness can try anyone's patience from time to time. To that end this week we are...

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Are you giving up on parenting around technology?

Are you giving up on parenting around technology?

In a recent article in the Washington Post – Parenting as a Gen Xer: We’re the first generation of parents in the age of iEverything, Allison Slater Tate discusses how challenging it can be, parenting “among the first truly high-tech...

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18Aug No Comments
Back to school success in 5 clear steps

Back to school success in 5 clear steps

They’re heading back and now’s the time to get them ready. Whether it is their first day ever or just the first day for this grade, here are 5 things to consider: 1. TAKE A GOOD LOOK AT YOUR KID...

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28Jul No Comments
Get kids out of the pool without a fight

Get kids out of the pool without a fight

It started out so simply – you asked your child to get out of the pool. She screamed, “NO!” and an entire pool crowd is suddenly silent and staring at you. Now what? Do you go in and get her?...

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24Apr No Comments
Parenting: Put your bike away!

Parenting: Put your bike away!

It is spring – one can hear the tell-tale calls of the blue bird, the flicker, the chickadee, the robin and, the frustrated parent: "PUT YOUR BIKE AWAY!" What a relief to have the snow melting and the kids wanting...

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17Mar No Comments
Parenting: Spring Break Survival Guide

Parenting: Spring Break Survival Guide

Spring “BREAK” can feel anything but relaxing! Whether you are traveling with your family or staying home, here are 5 ways to make Spring Break easier on everyone: 1. With little ones, Sleep is the key. Whether you are staying...

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18Nov No Comments
How Did I end up with "THAT KID?"

How Did I end up with “THAT KID?”

How does it happen?[caption id="attachment_1161" align="alignright" width="150"] photo courtesy of istockphoto.com[/caption] “My child sasses back at me.” “My son will not practice the piano.” “I’m not sure how I got the kid who is lousy at school.” Lately, there seems...

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29Oct No Comments
5 Tips to take the Scary out of Parenting This Halloween

5 Tips to take the Scary out of Parenting This Halloween

Don’t want to be a Ghoul of a parent this Halloween; here are some tips to set everyone up for a successful night of Freaky Fun! 1. Get them involved: Fewer power struggles occur when kids know the rules upfront...

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22Oct No Comments
Are you tolerating misbehaviours?

Are you tolerating misbehaviours?

1 Degree Celsius; is that warm or cold? The other morning, it was downright cold driving to school; everyone shivering in the car, mentally willing the car heater to work more quickly. The funny thing is, in two months, when...

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Make the most of Stampede with your kids!

Make the most of Stampede with your kids!

Come Hell or High Water, there is a stampede this year and a C-train to get us there! If you are stomping down to the grounds or even taking part in other activities around Calgary, here are some tips to...

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Parenting just shouldn't be so complicated!

Parenting just shouldn’t be so complicated!

"So why does this self-esteem stuff even matter?" "Don't I have enough to do already?" It seems like the daily priorities use up a ton of time and energy. Getting kids where they need to be, food in bellies, clean...

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18Dec 6 Comments
Real-Life Christmas

Real-Life Christmas

To the tune of On the Twelfth Day Of Christmas • 12 children shrieking, • 11 cards unwritten, • 10 school performances, • 9 tardy guests, • 8 charities waiting, • 7 surfaces un-dusted, • 6 gifts not bought, •...

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6Dec 2 Comments
Surviving Holiday Meltdowns

Surviving Holiday Meltdowns

Despite prayers and wishes to the contrary, we cannot control our children’s behaviours. We CAN control our own and that is especially important when Holiday celebrations become holiday disasters. Here are 5 tips to get you invited back next year:...

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24Jul 1 Comment
Summer Travel with Kids

Summer Travel with Kids

Whether across the province or the country, in a car, boat or plane, travel with children can be an “adventure” before you even leave your driveway. In our experience with our own families and the thousands we have coached, the...

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5Jul 1 Comment
Ditch that Summer Itch - what is really bugging you about your family this summer?

Ditch that Summer Itch – what is really bugging you about your family this summer?

With the advent of summer, our days seem longer as the “busy” nature of our lives relents. The slower pace sheds light on issues previously ignored. For many families the “Big ITCH” is the reminder that our kids really aren’t...

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30Jan No Comments
Stop the homework battles

Stop the homework battles

New year, fresh start - maybe this year, the homework struggles will cease! Einstein defined insanity as, "Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting it to change. The reality is, if homework was a struggle before Christmas,...

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21Sep No Comments
When do children stop fighting for power?

When do children stop fighting for power?

  It starts as a toddler. Our little one refuses to hand over a toy or stop an activity. In his mind, the idea that anyone would want to stop him from doing what he is doing is inconceivable due...

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