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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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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 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 No Comments
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 No Comments
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 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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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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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 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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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 No Comments
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 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] Creating a summer schedule for technology

[VIDEO] Creating a summer schedule for technology

Parenting expert Gail Bell explains how parents can make a summer technology plan for the kids and why it's important to do so. Today on Breakfast Television Calgary. [embedyt] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mG-nRywFYSg[/embedyt]

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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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25May No Comments
Too much worry?

Too much worry?

May has been a wonderful month to clear out the #TooMuchStuff that may be getting in the way of our lives. There is freedom in identifying and releasing items that are crowding our spaces and our time. Today, we come...

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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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