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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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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
Dealing with laziness and kids - Gail Bell on BT Calgary

Dealing with laziness and kids – Gail Bell on BT Calgary

Gail Bell visits Breakfast Television Calgary this morning to discuss laziness and kids, and how to set them up for success! [embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEaQhV1_7P0[/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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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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T-I-M-E

T-I-M-E

Kids spell love T-I-M-E. Parents can sometimes feel that they are spending so much time meeting their kids needs and wants: cooking, cleaning, driving, volunteering, school; that there isn't that much more time to give. It seems that there is...

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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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22Sep No Comments
Talking to teachers and coaches

Talking to teachers and coaches

With the kids back at school and getting started with recreational activities, today's focus will be on communication with teachers and coaches. With kids in younger grades, it can be helpful to have an initial meeting with the teacher/coach while...

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18Feb No Comments
Building a healthy foundation

Building a healthy foundation

As we develop clarity around the importance of sleep in our children's development and daily life, we can also begin to look at the other responsibilities that build our kids' health and hygiene. Often, family battles ensue around bathing/showering, teeth-brushing...

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Who's responsibility is it anyway?

Who’s responsibility is it anyway?

Over the years, you've heard us mention that we need to stop doing things for our kids and encourage them to take responsibility for themselves. The one big responsibility that adults can't hand over to kids is the responsibility of...

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Parenting is: Living the life you want for your kids

Parenting is: Living the life you want for your kids

It is becoming clearer and clearer that, as much as parenting is about raising happy, interdependent, responsible kids, it is about being that same adult; truly living and modelling the life we want for our children. Our kids learn about...

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Put your money where your mouth is

Put your money where your mouth is

Talk is cheap! What do we mean by that? There is no question that talking to our kids and talking WITH our kids has value. Talk builds vocabulary, shares values, grows brain pathways and establishes relationships. That being said, we...

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31Jul No Comments
Getting kids to pitch in this summer

Getting kids to pitch in this summer

The Parental Paradox: Wishing for our children’s healthy growth, development and independence, while secretly mourning their quickly passing childhood, innocence and need for us as parents. Our children do always need us, but they need us to see them for...

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10Jul No Comments
4 Steps to Help Siblings Get Along

4 Steps to Help Siblings Get Along

Summer Siblings - Stop the Fights Before They Happen By Julie Freedman Smith and Gail Bell Too much togetherness is rarely a good thing, so set your kids up for success with realistic expectations for the summer. Follow these steps...

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When Nothing Goes According to Plan

When Nothing Goes According to Plan

If there is one thing you hear Parenting Power say more than any other it is, “Parent with a Plan!” We teach it, we live it, and we believe it. So...what happens when nothing goes according to the plan? In...

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What do I do when my kids get bored?

What do I do when my kids get bored?

Boredom isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Kids need to learn independent-play and boredom may be the first step to creativity. That said, here are some tips to teach kids how to manage boredom and how to stop yourself from whining...

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Which lesson will you teach?

Which lesson will you teach?

Your child is misbehaving and: A. You are too tired to do anything B. You know that you want to yell but you don’t even have the energy for it C. You know you should do something and you don’t...

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11Jun No Comments
Are you banging your head against a brick wall?

Are you banging your head against a brick wall?

The two of us spend our lives in a natural laboratory - that is, we get to observe parenting all around us, every day. This means that we see a lot of parents banging their heads against brick walls all...

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21May No Comments
Do your kids really hear you?

Do your kids really hear you?

It can feel so frustrating! Once again, (How many times is it this week?) you walk into the house to find that the task they said they would do remains undone. Launching into an eloquent, well-rehearsed tirade beginning with your...

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