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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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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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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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20Mar No Comments
What does your child pay for (and how)?

What does your child pay for (and how)?

When we talk about teaching life skills, we have to talk about money. There is no question that our kids are learning about money at a very early age. They hear us discussing what we can and can't afford. They...

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30Sep No Comments
Family is the key ingredient to Real Life Family Dinners

Family is the key ingredient to Real Life Family Dinners

This isn’t the first time you’ve heard us talk about REAL LIFE and it won’t be the last. It’s what we do: focus on tools for Real Life Parenting. Today, we are talking about the real life family dinner. Not...

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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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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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Self Esteem from Seven Different Angles

Self Esteem from Seven Different Angles

In her book, Mother-Daughter Wisdom, Christiane Northrup, M.D., devotes an entire chapter to the Anatomy of Self-esteem. She outlines seven areas of self-esteem. Let’s explore Dr. Northrup’s point of view of Self-esteem. Because this book is written about mothers and...

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What does Self Esteem look like?

What does Self Esteem look like?

While we can't actually see Self Esteem, it shows itself through the following symptoms: 1. Acceptance - Knowing that your weaknesses exist because you are normal and not because you are a loser. 2. Belonging - Knowing that you are...

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12Feb No Comments
Kids and Money

Kids and Money

February means we have “money on the brain”. Either the holiday credit cards still need to be paid off or RRSP contribution questions are floating around our heads with deadlines feeling like they are looming. Is there ever a time...

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15Jan No Comments
Resolutions Any Day of the Year

Resolutions Any Day of the Year

New Year’s resolutions are often made to be broken, but when it comes to parenting, we can resolve to make a fresh start any day of the year. Thankfully, our children are with us day after day and we have...

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16Oct 1 Comment
What Each of Us CAN do about Bullying

What Each of Us CAN do about Bullying

The word “Bullying” is flying at us so often these days, it is almost as if it has a PR team behind it. Move out of the way Starbucks, MacDonalds and Walmart – Bullying is the new “place to be”....

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Teaching kids about drugs and alcohol

Teaching kids about drugs and alcohol

The following is a transcript of a Drugs/Alcohol Q and A session that we held on Facebook on May 7, 2012. Due to a change in format (Facebook to Word Document), discussion threads may seem disjointed. We hope that you...

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1May 2 Comments
When kids get lippy

When kids get lippy

A client recently asked us: HOW do I teach my child that he is lippy when he talks to adults? It happens so often at home, that I've come to accept it - NOT GOOD! Now I notice he talks...

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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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17Oct No Comments

What’s the right way to be involved in your kids’ sports?

A client asked our opinion about the behaviour of some parents of kids on his child’s sports team .   His son was on a level 4 team last year and is on a level 1 team this year.  He said he was quite...

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6Sep 1 Comment
Should You Make Your Kids Say Sorry?

Should You Make Your Kids Say Sorry?

When determining your family’s answer to this question, you will need to go back to the foundation – your own family values. Why does one apologize? When we feel remorseful for our behaviour, we find the courage to ask for...

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