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22Jun No Comments
How will you connect?

How will you connect?

Summer provides us with a lot more time with the children. As we discussed last week, when kids are out of school, there may be up to 81 hours of "free time" for our kids each week (and this already...

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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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23Feb No Comments
When, Where and How?

When, Where and How?

#NoPhoneFamilyDay hit home with many families this week. We've heard from kids, parents, grandparents and non-parents about the realizations they had while disconnecting from social media on Family Day. Some people found it pretty easy to do, others found it...

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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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No Phone Family Day - Julie Freedman Smith on BT Calgary

No Phone Family Day – Julie Freedman Smith on BT Calgary

For just one day, Julie Freedman Smith explains why ditching the technology, even for just one holiday, can be beneficial in creating a bond with your kids. [embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzF0zwPC1TE[/embedyt]

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Awareness

Awareness

Many years ago, we created our signature program: Parenting with a Plan. In it, we built 5 steps to help parents tackle any parenting challenge that they face. The very first step in Parenting with a Plan is Awareness. Awareness...

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Technology in the bedroom

Technology in the bedroom

We need to start by thanking everyone for the wonderful response we've had about #NoPhoneFamilyDay! Please keep sharing our posts and tweets and spreading the word. Now, let's get back to today's message: In order to connect with ourselves (and...

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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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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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10Dec No Comments
Parenting is: Clearly defining inside and outside

Parenting is: Clearly defining inside and outside

Do your kids know the difference between inside and outside? Does that sound like a trick question? It is. Everyone knows this difference don't they? We started Parenting Power back in 2002. It was a world without smart phones, iPads,...

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16Oct No Comments
Do you know the effects of technology on your child’s brain?

Do you know the effects of technology on your child’s brain?

During the month of October, our blog posts are focusing on the Intentional use of Technology within our families. There is no question that technology is here to stay and has become an integral part of our daily lives. The...

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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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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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22Nov No Comments
Consumerism and Technology - affecting our children

Consumerism and Technology – affecting our children

In a National Post article (Nov 19), British Chief Rabbi, Jonathan Sacks reminds us all that "Consumerism is the quickest way to unhappiness." http://www.nationalpost.com/news/culture+stemmed+from+Jobs+chief+rabbi/5736788/story.html Rabbi Sacks made the following points: We are living in the “i” generation – in fact he calls it...

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