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14Feb
Create your best Family Day!

Create your best Family Day!

Get ready to for your best Family Day yet! It's right around the corner! #NoPhoneFamilyDay is next Monday. 3 Things to Remember: 1. It's not all or nothing Does putting down the phone for the whole day seem inconceivable? No...

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8Feb
NoPhoneFamilyDay 2018

NoPhoneFamilyDay 2018

IT'S BACK... In 2017, we created #NoPhoneFamilyDay.Parents across Calgary took advantage of this movement and set an intention to leave the phones on the charger (for much of the day) and spent time together connecting, relaxing, exercising, sharing, playing and...

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24Jan
Consistency of thought

Consistency of thought

"Thoughts become things...pick good ones!" ~ Mike Dooley We chose our business name for a reason. We want our clients (YOU) to believe that you have the ability to effect change in your lives and those of your children. You...

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14Dec
Social Calm

Social Calm

At this time of the year, there are many opportunities for connection. Social gatherings, family visits and celebratory meals mean that we get the chance to reconnect with old friends, meet new ones and share traditions with families. Opportunity or...

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7Dec
#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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2Dec
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
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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16Nov
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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1Nov
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
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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19Oct
Impeccable Words

Impeccable Words

Another great step to #NoGuilt, is found in the First Agreement of The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz: "Be Impeccable with Your Word The word is the most powerful tool you have as a human; it is a tool...

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12Oct
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
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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20Sep
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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7Sep
What's missing?

What’s missing?

Something is missing... Really, when you look at your teen and wonder what on earth is going on in his/her head, remember that something IS missing. The teenage brain is not the same brain that we adults have. The part...

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30Aug
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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9Aug
Who's the Boss?

Who’s the Boss?

We love the following article by Tim Elmore! One thing that we believe strongly is that clear, consistent communication is the key. Whether it is family meetings or knowing how you will respond in the moment, the way we communicate...

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25Jul
BT Calgary - Kids and Chores

BT Calgary – Kids and Chores

How do you get your kids to do their chores? Julie Freedman Smith on Breakfast Television Calgary on July 20, 2017. [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPyfHo-WV9s[/embedyt]

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15Jun
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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8Jun
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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