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Smoother Mornings

Smoother Mornings

Mornings are a great #RealTime to connect with kids. Starting the day without arguments can be a great way to send everyone on their way to get the most out of their day. For many families though, mornings can feel...

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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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Technology in the bedroom

Technology in the bedroom

We need to start by thanking everyone for the wonderful response we've had about #NoPhoneFamilyDay! Please keep sharing our posts and tweets and spreading the word. Now, let's get back to today's message: In order to connect with ourselves (and...

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12Jan No Comments
When and Where?

When and Where?

We know that the reasons to connect are plentiful. Consider these quotes from Catherine Steiner Adair in her 2013 book, The Big Disconnect: - Children need their parents' time and attention and families thrive when parents have strong, healthy relationships...

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11Jan No Comments
Why it's  good time to connect with our kids

Why it’s good time to connect with our kids

Now is the time to set the intention to connect with our kids and why it's a good time to connect with them. Julie discusses all of it and more on BT Calgary. [embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NPciEcDSt9I[/embedyt]

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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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Is there an Elf on your Shelf?

Is there an Elf on your Shelf?

What's it all about? Is there an Elf on your shelf? If there is, why do you have it? If your answer is - we love it, it's fun - I like hiding it and the kids love to find...

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24Nov No Comments
Kids' success, is it about you?

Kids’ success, is it about you?

As we support our kids in finding purpose, we need to hold on to the true goal: building our kids up from the inside, out. It is very easy to get distracted from this parenting job. In today's prevailing culture,...

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5 Tips for Post US Election parenting

5 Tips for Post US Election parenting

What your child does not need to hear today is adults panicking about politics! Parents are asking us what they should say to their children. Here are our thoughts: This is a great opportunity for all parents to stop and...

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Who will you be?

Who will you be?

For many families, June includes a calendar full of year-end recitals, exams and outdoor sports activities. To that end, we decided to lighten the Thoughtful Thursday reading load for everyone. This month, we'll be sharing quotes that we enjoy. We...

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12May No Comments
But....I don't know

But….I don’t know

"But...What?!....I dunno!" The excuses continue. "But," you say, "How can but or what be an excuse? And what if someone really doesn't know?" In reality, these everyday, mild-mannered words are not always excuses. However, when emitted from the lips of...

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31Mar No Comments
Lose the Labels

Lose the Labels

Life always feels so much easier when we are in control and know what's going on. Parenting is no different. There are times along the journey, when we feel like we get it; we understand what makes our kids tick....

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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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We are making parenting easier to understand

We are making parenting easier to understand

Happy New Year Parents! Have the first few days of the year brought moments of peace and joy? We hope so. Life is an assortment of uplifting and frustrating times and while we are only a week into it, this...

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17Dec No Comments
Parenting is: Creating time for your family

Parenting is: Creating time for your family

As the last weeks of 2015 play out, we are reminded of our theme: This year, we've spent time recognizing and shifting excuses, taking responsibility for our own behaviour and our parenting. In doing this, we've modeled for our kids...

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26Nov No Comments
Feeling sad is normal and necessary

Feeling sad is normal and necessary

There is no question that parents ultimately want their kids to be happy. Very few of us enjoy it when our kids are sad or mad, jealous or hurt. One of our most important parenting jobs is to keep our...

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12Nov No Comments
Parenting is: Talking to your kids about Fentanyl

Parenting is: Talking to your kids about Fentanyl

While many of us have been hearing about Alberta's problem with the drug, Fentanyl for a while now, the message doesn't seem to be going away. Justin Giovannetti's article in the Globe and Mail this week, spelled it out: Alberta...

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22Oct No Comments
Parenting is....getting out of the way

Parenting is….getting out of the way

We are hearing about it all over the place - articles, blogs, books, media. Everyone is talking about it - parents getting in the way of their kids lives. Are you tired of hearing about it? We are too! And...

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21Jul No Comments
The 24 Hour Rule

The 24 Hour Rule

As Hockey Moms, we’ve learned a lot – not all of it pleasant. Don’t worry; this article won’t be all about hockey. It is actually about a parenting tool which we took right out of Hockey Calgary’s NDL Coaches Manual:...

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