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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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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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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] Making amends

[VIDEO] Making amends

Teaching your kids to make amends is more than simply asking them to say "I'm sorry". Julie and Gail discuss the four steps in helping parenting teach their child to make amends. 1. Own it. 2. Fix the problem. 3....

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Making time for exams

Making time for exams

If you are a parent with kids in school, June is the new December. With final performances, field trips, exams, and soccer/lacrosse/ball-hockey/baseball/soft-ball/golf/tennis tournaments, the calendar can feel incredibly overwhelming! That's why our theme this month is #ThereIsAlwaysTime Today we are...

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18May No Comments
[VIDEO] Kids Style Choices

[VIDEO] Kids Style Choices

Julie visits Breakfast Television to answer the age old question of when you should allow your child to dye their hair, get their ears pierced, wear make up and other common choices kids have when they want to exert their...

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18May No Comments
TooMuchStuff in Your Calendar?

TooMuchStuff in Your Calendar?

Today, our focus is #TooMuchStuff in the Calendar. We often hear from parents that there isn't enough time to get 'it' all done, or that things are so busy, that life feels overwhelming. Research tells us that adults are spending...

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[VIDEO] Parenting Teenagers - Walking the fine line

[VIDEO] Parenting Teenagers – Walking the fine line

Teenagers! Do you have one? You may relate here! How do you walk the fine line as a parent, giving them the freedom and flexibility they need, while keeping in place the boundaries and expectations you have for them? A...

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[VIDEO] Building Blocks for Parents - June 7, 2017

[VIDEO] Building Blocks for Parents – June 7, 2017

We invite you all to come and join us on June 7, 2017 for a fun, casual and inspiring evening for parents! We will be speaking to you about the five critical steps to your child's independence to allow them...

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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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