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#HolidayCalm

#HolidayCalm

Our focus for the month of December is #Calm. This month can feel harried and crazy, even if it is filled with stuff we really want to do. And of course, every month has bits and pieces of things that...

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Managing the holidays for separated and divorced families - BT Calgary

Managing the holidays for separated and divorced families – BT Calgary

Julie Freedman Smith, Parenting Power on Breakfast Television, provides valuable parenting advice and tips for separated or divorced families this holiday season. [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EH0BpCNVUIg[/embedyt]

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23Nov No Comments
Family Connection

Family Connection

The fall has moved by so quickly this year. In one week, we begin what is potentially the busiest month of the year. That's reason enough to consider #FamilyConnection. We continue to hear from parents that they are exhausted from...

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Family Meals

Family Meals

In a recent article, Everybody's Eating Alone, the work of Professor Sylvain Charlebois, dean of the faculty of management at Dalhouse University is quoted. He's the lead author of Disintegration of Food Habits. "Contemporary Canadians are experience a disruption of...

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Family Calendar

Family Calendar

For the month of November, we're focusing on #Family. Rather than looking at all the stuff going on outside the home (sports, extracurricular activities, school, friends,) we are turning inward to get the family in good shape and feeling like...

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26Oct No Comments
Do not assume

Do not assume

This month, we've been talking about #NoGuilt parenting. Today, let's talk about the way parents' assumptions can create guilt. Assuming that we are letting our kids (and others) down, may lead to feelings of guilt. However, everyone knows, "When you...

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12Oct No Comments
Don't take it personally

Don’t take it personally

Getting clear about what is right for your family is not always as easy as it is simple. As we mentioned last week, the expectations we originally had for the kind of family we would raise might not be based...

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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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14Sep No Comments
Parent Labels: Are you a Soccer Parent, Dance Mom or Hockey Dad?

Parent Labels: Are you a Soccer Parent, Dance Mom or Hockey Dad?

It's that time of year, school has started and all of the extra-curricular activities are back on the calendar. Auditions, evaluations, practices...they add to the excitement and education in the lives of our families! Are you a Soccer Parent, Dance...

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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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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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16Aug No Comments
Bringing Grandparents and Grandchildren Closer Together

Bringing Grandparents and Grandchildren Closer Together

So, we live in a society where grandparents and grandchildren hardly mix, do we? Apparently not. According to the Vanier Institute of the Family, it seems that the number of people living in multi-generational households in Canada has reached 1.3...

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Books and brains

Books and brains

BOOKS Summertime is reading time, at least it is for many. For as long as both of us can remember, summer has been about picking up one book after another from a pile and digging in, on a hammock, at...

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12Jul No Comments
Siblings in the Summer

Siblings in the Summer

Too much togetherness is rarely a good thing, so set your kids up for success with realistic expectations for the summer. Follow these steps to build a plan that works for your family. Provide some structure Going from scheduled school-time...

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Stampede Fun: Stop the frowns before they start!

Stampede Fun: Stop the frowns before they start!

Plan First Do a little planning before you head out. Decide what makes sense for your family and let your kids know the plan from the start; involve them in the planning if you can. Junk Food One corn dog,...

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29Jun No Comments
Somewhere in between

Somewhere in between

For the month of June, we've been focusing on the fact that #ThereIsAlwaysTime. Today, we want to remind you that, while it feels like there are only two choices: All or Nothing, there is almost always a third choice: Something...

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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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Time for Nothing

Time for Nothing

With so much on the go this month, we are here to remind you that #ThereIsAlwaysTime. As important as it is to plan time for what needs to get done, it is also important to plan time for nothing. In...

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[VIDEO] Creating a summer schedule for technology

[VIDEO] Creating a summer schedule for technology

Parenting expert Gail Bell explains how parents can make a summer technology plan for the kids and why it's important to do so. Today on Breakfast Television Calgary. [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mG-nRywFYSg[/embedyt]

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25May No Comments
Too much worry?

Too much worry?

May has been a wonderful month to clear out the #TooMuchStuff that may be getting in the way of our lives. There is freedom in identifying and releasing items that are crowding our spaces and our time. Today, we come...

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