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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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30Nov No Comments
Family Consistency

Family Consistency

We've said it for years, "Consistency is the key!" You can set expectations, determine consequences, and set up plans. All of these things can be in place but if no one actually follows through consistently it won't work. Kids need...

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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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16Nov No Comments
Family Expectations

Family Expectations

Are your family expectations realistic? Are you hoping for the impossible? As you spend the month of November focusing on #Family, you can get even clearer about what you are wanting to see happening on a daily, or weekly basis,...

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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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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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24Sep No Comments
Avoiding Parenting Labels - BT Calgary Appearance

Avoiding Parenting Labels – BT Calgary Appearance

Julie Freedman Smith visits Breakfast Television Calgary on September 21, 2017 to talk about the unnecessary pressure parents put on kids when they identify themselves with their child's activities. [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjiiW8hWAts[/embedyt]

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20Sep No Comments
Sports Parents

Sports Parents

It's the season when kids' activities begin so it's easy to get caught up in labels and defining your child and parents by their activities. More from Julie and Gail in this week's video post. [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sr_J5Gc2hQg[/embedyt]

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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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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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15Jun No Comments
168 Hours

168 Hours

First things first Thank you to those of you who let us know your responses to our weekly blogs. Mostly, you are letting us know that we are hitting our mark. Sometimes, you are helping us to see where we...

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