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Category: Parenting Advice

Who’s Ruling the Household?

When we are presenting to audiences of 200+ or talking with individual coaching clients, one thing we hear more often than we would expect is,

“My child won’t let me…”

Many times, without anyone actually realizing it is happening, children are ruling the home. The children have the power and the parents, while not happy about it, throw up their hands, shrug their shoulders and go along with it. Read More

Are Our Kids Overdoing It?

This week, ask yourself these questions:

Are we sedentary? How often are members of our family moving?
Are we solitary? Are we having face-to-face conversations regularly?
Are we involved in screen-free free time? Read More

Clear the Slate and Move On!

Provided by Parenting Power Have you ever found yourself critiquing yourself repeatedly for a mistake you made a while ago? Perhaps you wish that you had used a better “comeback” or had been calm-cool-and-collected instead of out-of-control-heated-and-LOUD! You are not alone! We all make mistakes in our interactions with other adults and especially in interactions Read More

Have We Forgotten How to Eat Together?

provided by Presidents’ Choice®  Eating together – we’ve done it since the beginning of time, when hunters and gatherers shared their spoils. Kids eat together on the playground, and college students dine in shared dorm rooms, but as we get older and take on day jobs, are we still eating together? Apparently, not so much. Read More

Smartphone Etiquette

provided by Access to Culture July is National Cell Phone Courtesy Month, and a great time to talk to your kids about Smartphone etiquette. What do they need to know? Sharon Schweitzer, an international etiquette and modern manners expert, who is the founder of Access to Culture, offers these tips: Avoid texting, talking and driving: If Read More

24-Hour Movement Guidelines for the Early Years

By Heather Cowie, The City of Calgary Recreation It goes without saying that we want the best for our kids! As parents and caregivers, we try to do our best to navigate the messages, images, pressures, and expectations that come along with caring for a child, but it is not an easy task. As a Read More

Smoother Mornings

by Parenting Power Mornings are a great time 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 less like a time to connect and more like a time to Read More

The Family Calendar and You

by Parenting Power Here are just a few of the great things a simple family calendar can do: Eliminate confusion Increase individual responsibility Increase predictability (which means kids feel like they have some control) Teach numeracy and literacy to our young children One of the greatest reasons that a family calendar is important, is because Read More

Are you a Soccer Parent, Dance Mom or Hockey Dad?

provided by Parenting Power It’s that time of year, school has started and all of the extra-curricular activities are back on the calendar. Auditions, evaluations, practices…they add to the excitement and education in the lives of our families! Are you a Soccer Parent, Dance Mom or Hockey Dad? Lately, social media and marketers have begun Read More

3 Steps to School

By Parenting Power You know it’s 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 builds. The shark is about to strike! School is almost here. That means Read More

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