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20Apr No Comments
How do you reuse?

How do you reuse?

"One man's trash is another man's treasure" This feels like an ideal quote for this week's #RealResponsibilty - Reuse. Reusing items on an ongoing basis is something that many families do and kids are great at coming up with ways...

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[VIDEO] Breakfast Television - Teaching your kids to converse with Adults

[VIDEO] Breakfast Television – Teaching your kids to converse with Adults

Gail Bell visits Breakfast Television on Thursday, April 6, 2017 to talk to Ted Henley about why we need to teach our kids to people converse with adults. [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pl3H6c4vH-A[/embedyt]

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Responsibility for the Earth

Responsibility for the Earth

The month of April has been designated Earth Month and we are taking advantage of that to focus on awareness and intentions around care for the earth. The 4 Rs of Earth Month This month we talk about Responsibility, Recycle,...

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29Mar No Comments
Kids Eating Broccoli Podcast

Kids Eating Broccoli Podcast

Powerful Parenting Advice From 2 Experts About Family Meals, Healthy Children and Recognizing That Our Kids Are Capable Listen here to the Kids Eating Broccoli Podcast, our interview with Dr. Brad Ellisor.

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29Aug No Comments
Show your child that you believe

Show your child that you believe

We recently heard from an on organization called Because They Can. They are working to close the Belief Gap. This is the gap between what adults believe is possible and what kids are actually capable of achieving. When adults don’t...

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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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17Sep No Comments
Our favourite parenting shortcut

Our favourite parenting shortcut

The best shortcut for parenting is knowing where you stand. Don't be afraid of getting it wrong or that someone else can do it better. Give some clear thought to the rules you want to put into place and then,...

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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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14Jul No Comments
Family is Team #1

Family is Team #1

You’ll often hear us talking about family as Community #1 or Team #1. At Parenting Power, we believe that our kids learn about community by living in a family; after all, kids live what they learn and learn what they...

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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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14May No Comments
Do you see your children for who they are today?

Do you see your children for who they are today?

Humans tend to be creatures of habit. It is easy to get caught up in the day to day tasks. While, these routines simplify our lives and help us to function, they may also distract us from the act of...

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26Mar No Comments
Are you talking for your child?

Are you talking for your child?

When we rewind the clock all the way back, we can remember that the first few weeks of parenting were spent diligently trying to figure out what our newborn was trying to tell us. We were open to facial gestures,...

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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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13Mar No Comments
Is it your job to entertain your child?

Is it your job to entertain your child?

We are constantly hearing about the word 'Busy'. Robert Holden, in his book Success Intelligence, calls 'busy' the new status symbol; wherein appearing busy implies that one has greater status and value. Perhaps this status symbol is trickling down to...

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What are you doing for your children that they can do for  themselves

What are you doing for your children that they can do for themselves

During the month of March, our Thoughtful Thursday questions are focusing on Teaching our children life skills. As quick and easy as it is to do things for our kids, the reality is that we need to teach our kids...

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18Feb No Comments
Why work to make life "fun"? It already is!

Why work to make life “fun”? It already is!

It seems that some kids nowadays don’t wake up excited about the day – whatever the day. We even hear children whine about privileges, “Awww, do I have to go to hockey practice?” Hockey is a privilege! Some children seem...

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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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