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Category Archives: School


27Sep No Comments
A for Effort

A for Effort

Last week, we got an email question about grades and effort. This is the perfect time of year to talk about the value of effort. We know that not all kids are going to be academically strong. We also know...

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What's missing?

What’s missing?

Something is missing... Really, when you look at your teen and wonder what on earth is going on in his/her head, remember that something IS missing. The teenage brain is not the same brain that we adults have. The part...

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30Aug No Comments
3 Steps to School

3 Steps to School

You know it is coming... If you listen very carefully, you can hear the opening notes of the theme from Jaws playing in the back of your mind. Da...da. Da....da. Da.da.Da.da. Dadadada. The notes are getting closer together! The tension...

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25Aug No Comments
BT Calgary - Starting a new school and kindergarten

BT Calgary – Starting a new school and kindergarten

Julie Freedman Smith, Parenting Power visits Breakfast Television to provide tips and strategies for parents to help their kids who are starting a new school or starting kindergarten. [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrtzvwHKa0Y[/embedyt]

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24Aug No Comments
School is normal

School is normal

Last week's newsletter highlighted the power we have over our own emotions. We can only change or have control over ourselves. Let's keep this in mind as we count down the days until school is starting. The fear of the...

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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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16Mar No Comments
The secret to a great Spring Break

The secret to a great Spring Break

Spending a week of #RealTime together can be a test for any family. Whether you are heading out on vacation or staying at home, there is a great tool that every family can use to set themselves up for success....

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25Jan No Comments
Setting Goals with Teenagers - Gail Bell on BT Calgary

Setting Goals with Teenagers – Gail Bell on BT Calgary

Gail Bell visits Breakfast Television Calgary this morning to discuss strategies to help teenagers, set goals, and get organized to help them achieve. It's half way through the year and the perfect time to check in with them to see...

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24Nov No Comments
Kids' success, is it about you?

Kids’ success, is it about you?

As we support our kids in finding purpose, we need to hold on to the true goal: building our kids up from the inside, out. It is very easy to get distracted from this parenting job. In today's prevailing culture,...

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Does your child want you to watch?

Does your child want you to watch?

Activities are starting up again this fall. This means lots of car rides, practices, auditions, evaluations, home practice, games and performances in the months and weeks ahead. September is a great time to focus on how you (the parent) will...

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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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Mother's Day Resolution: Don't be too nice to your kids

Mother’s Day Resolution: Don’t be too nice to your kids

Mother’s Day brings with it thoughts of flowers and brunch, cards and artwork; wonderful ways to recognize moms and thank them for their efforts year-round. As mothers, we may feel elated at the treatment or wonder just how much will...

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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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16Sep No Comments
Make Homework Battles Go Away

Make Homework Battles Go Away

Designers say that redecorating your child’s study area will make things better. Stationary stores will tell you it is the fancy binders and the brand new, funky supplies that will make the difference. We’re here to tell you what will...

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13Aug No Comments
Backpacks, Lunchboxes - 5 Tips to get kids ready for back to school

Backpacks, Lunchboxes – 5 Tips to get kids ready for back to school

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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