Most of the world is now at home and will be for awhile now as social distance measures are in place. Parents are working from home, schools and daycares are closed so the whole family is home now. Julie Freedman Smith and Gail Bell share several resources and strategies to help you through the weeks ahead. 

Julie has been involved in teaching for the past 24 years. Her experience as an Elementary/Jr. High music teacher, a choral conductor with the Calgary Boys Choir, and a choral clinician has resulted in extensive opportunities to work with children and adults in both individual and group environments.An inspiring speaker, Julie is a natural performer, having directed and performed in choirs throughout the world. Her honesty and down-to-earth nature contribute strongly to the relationships she forms with the families she helps. Julie holds B.Sc. Biology and a B.A. Psychology with Distinction from the University of Calgary.

Gail’s career has always involved working with children, both in home and abroad. Her 20+ years in the public and private school systems both as an educator in the classroom, and as an administrator provides her with a broad experience base and unique insight when working with children and parents. Gail easily engages an audience with her enthusiasm for parenting, and her belief that all children want to learn, try their best, and do what is right, contributes to her goal of building positive relationships between parents and children. Gail holds a B.Ed. with Distinction and a M.A. (Honours) in Administration and Curriculum Development from Gonzaga University.

 

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Jay Man - OurMusicBox
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Announcer: Adam Smith

Sponsored by Beaners Fun Cuts for Kids Salons

 

Planning a successful family holiday might look easy on the outside but Renee Tsang shares her advice on why Disneyland is a favourite family destination, and why you should use a travel advisor to help you plan your next trip. 

Renee Tsang is a travel professional and Disney vacation planner extraordinaire! She is a self-employed travel advisor who plans and books unforgettable vacations, specializing in family travel and Disney destinations.

As a busy mom and business owner, Renee inspires parents to see beyond the “day-to-day” stuff and invest in their family with travel experiences. Travel is the best education a parent can give their child and the experience and memories they gain will be far more valuable than anything money can buy. Renee takes her personal experience of a destination, resort and travel supplier to provide up-to-date travel advice and tips, and shares her tips and adventures on her blog, "Life is too short to stay home", and also recently published her first book, “I’ll Never Grow Up! The Bare Necessities of Planning Your Disneyland Vacation”, a vacation planning guide to help first-time visitors to Disneyland. 

 

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Jay Man - Our MusicBox http://www.youtube.com/c/ourmusicbox

Announcer: Adam Smith

Sponsored by Beaners Fun Cuts for Kids Salons

 

“I can’t get my partner to take responsibility”

“We feel disconnected from each other”

“Marriage just doesn’t feel the same anymore, what do we do?”

 

Satisfaction in the marriage is plummeting and the effect it can have on our children can result in behavioural issues and long term effects that may not be known until much later on in life. Our guest, Janelle J Jones tells us the solution arises in how conflict and resolution is managed to have a positive impact on children as they witness the power of effective communication. 

Janelle is a Registered Clinical Counsellor who specializes in individual and couples counselling. As a mother of 2, she began to realize that the women and men in her parenthood support community were continually facing the same common difficulties. Many identified with feeling burdened by the mental load of balancing competing household/relationship/work and family responsibilities. Others felt they had lost their identities along the road of becoming a mother or parent. With these complex challenges came extraordinary guilt, energy depletion, loss of patience and in some cases depression and anxiety. It was then that Janelle founded Modern Mom & Marriage Counselling and committed herself to helping mothers and couples find the joy and balance in parenting.

 

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Jay Man - Our MusicBox http://www.youtube.com/c/ourmusicbox

Announcer: Adam Smith

Sponsored by Beaners Fun Cuts for Kids Salons

 

Julie Freedman Smith and Gail Bell have noticed a new trend among early education circles - enhanced and advanced academic and physical activities programs for children in preschool and kindergarten. Does your child need these programs?  

Julie has been involved in teaching for the past 24 years. Her experience as an Elementary/Jr. High music teacher, a choral conductor with the Calgary Boys Choir, and a choral clinician has resulted in extensive opportunities to work with children and adults in both individual and group environments. An inspiring speaker, Julie is a natural performer, having directed and performed in choirs throughout the world. Her honesty and down-to-earth nature contribute strongly to the relationships she forms with the families she helps. Julie holds B.Sc. Biology and a B.A. Psychology with Distinction from the University of Calgary.

Gail’s career has always involved working with children, both in-home and abroad. Her 20+ years in the public and private school systems both as an educator in the classroom, and as an administrator provides her with a broad experience base and unique insight when working with children and parents. Gail easily engages an audience with her enthusiasm for parenting, and her belief that all children want to learn, try their best, and do what is right, contributes to her goal of building positive relationships between parents and children. Gail holds a B.Ed. with Distinction and an M.A. (Honours) in Administration and Curriculum Development from Gonzaga University.

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Rising Spirit
Jay Man - OurMusicBox
http://www.youtube.com/c/ourmusicbox

Announcer: Adam Smith

Sponsored by Beaners Fun Cuts for Kids Salons

 

The formative years of children as they learn and grow are important to help them explore their environment and develop their minds as they learn. Early child numeracy and playful discovery are a natural part of being a child and it is important for them to engage and learn through their senses.

Patrick Greenwood is the Founder of Kontu & inventor of STEM Blocks - sustainably made magnetic wooden blocks that build developing minds to ensure kids learn through play. 

Kontu STEM Blocks engage children, with the help of families and educators, in acquiring STEM knowledge and skills through experimentation and playful investigation.

Inspired after the birth of this daughter, Patrick was looking for something to introduce math-related concepts but could not find something in the marketplace so he set out to create one. Patrick believes that every child should have access to excellent quality early education opportunities. The Kontu mission of STEM for all children means we will dedicate a portion of our revenue to supporting organizations that provide quality, equitable, early childhood education. 

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Jay Man - Our MusicBox http://www.youtube.com/c/ourmusicbox

Announcer: Adam Smith

Sponsored by Beaners Fun Cuts for Kids Salons

 

There is no rulebook to navigating parenting around the technology age. Our kids are living in this age where technology is a part of life. Our kids are digital natives and parents are the digital immigrants in this new world. How do we manage parenting and communication in this digital world? Technology Evangelist Marc Saltzman shares with us his perspective and that unplugging is not the answer. 

For the past 25 years, Marc Saltzman has been a prolific tech and gaming expert with one simple goal: to break down geek speak into street speak. Marc is a freelance journalist for more than 30 publications -- including USA TODAY, Costco Connection, Yahoo, MSN, Metro, AARP, Zoomer, Sun Media, and Toronto Star -- a prolific (16-time) author, radio and television personality, public speaker, and host of “Gear Guide,” which runs on Cineplex movie theatre screens across Canada. Beginning in July of 2019, Marc became the host of a new Bloomberg TV show, Tech Impact, which airs every other Saturday night at 830pm ET/530pm PT, in the United States. Marc lives in Toronto with his wife Kellie and three kids.

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Rising Spirit
Jay Man - Our MusicBox http://www.youtube.com/c/ourmusicbox

Announcer: Adam Smith

Sponsored by Beaners Fun Cuts for Kids Salons

 

Julie Freedman Smith and Gail Bell provide tools to help you prepare kids to navigate the online social space and how to handle themselves online.  

Julie has been involved in teaching for the past 24 years. Her experience as an Elementary/Jr. High music teacher, a choral conductor with the Calgary Boys Choir, and a choral clinician has resulted in extensive opportunities to work with children and adults in both individual and group environments.An inspiring speaker, Julie is a natural performer, having directed and performed in choirs throughout the world. Her honesty and down-to-earth nature contribute strongly to the relationships she forms with the families she helps. Julie holds B.Sc. Biology and a B.A. Psychology with Distinction from the University of Calgary.

Gail’s career has always involved working with children, both in home and abroad. Her 20+ years in the public and private school systems both as an educator in the classroom, and as an administrator provides her with a broad experience base and unique insight when working with children and parents. Gail easily engages an audience with her enthusiasm for parenting, and her belief that all children want to learn, try their best, and do what is right, contributes to her goal of building positive relationships between parents and children. Gail holds a B.Ed. with Distinction and a M.A. (Honours) in Administration and Curriculum Development from Gonzaga University.

 

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Rising Spirit
Jay Man - OurMusicBox
http://www.youtube.com/c/ourmusicbox

Announcer: Adam Smith

Sponsored by Beaners Fun Cuts for Kids Salons

 

Technology is causing a lot of stress in the home. While parents may be concerned about their childrens’ use of phones, kids are equally concerned about their parents’ cell phone use. Our guest today, Dr Joanne Orlando has advice to help us create awareness around technology use in the home to help us achieve an overall sense of digital well-being. 

Dr Joanne Orlando is leading international expert on family and digital lifestyles. She is best known for her groundbreaking insights into how to enhance children’s online safety, digital activity and wellbeing. Dr Jo’s insights come from her own cutting-edge research with children, evidence from science, social science and health, lessons from popular culture, and her own everyday observations and experiences that explore how we can make our digital lives better.

Most recently Joanne launched her own brand TechClever, a digital literacy education program for parents and children.

 

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Jay Man - Our MusicBox http://www.youtube.com/c/ourmusicbox

Announcer: Adam Smith

Sponsored by Beaners Fun Cuts for Kids Salons

 

 

Children are not mini-adults and we are not actually parents. We actually substitute frontal lobes for them so we need to use techniques to help CALM them down. CALM is actually an acronym for a technique used in Connected Parenting and our guest Jennifer Kolari will share her insights and expertise with the CALM Method. 

One of the nation’s leading parenting experts, Jennifer Kolari is a highly sought-after international speaker and the founder of Connected Parenting. A child and family therapist with a busy practice based in Toronto and San Diego, Kolari is also the author of Connected Parenting: How to Raise A Great Kid (Penguin Group USA and Penguin Canada, 2009) and You’re Ruining My Life! (But Not Really) Surviving the Teenage Years with Connected Parenting (Penguin Canada, 2011)

 

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Jay Man - Our MusicBox http://www.youtube.com/c/ourmusicbox

Announcer: Adam Smith

Sponsored by Beaners Fun Cuts for Kids Salons

 

Start off with these 3 parenting tips to help you this year. Gail Bell discusses them in this podcast episode. What do you think are the top 3 things you can do? 

Link to the video that was referenced in the podcast:  https://youtu.be/apzXGEbZht0

Gail’s career has always involved working with children, both in home and abroad. Her 20+ years in the public and private school systems both as an educator in the classroom, and as an administrator provides her with a broad experience base and unique insight when working with children and parents. Gail easily engages an audience with her enthusiasm for parenting, and her belief that all children want to learn, try their best, and do what is right, contributes to her goal of building positive relationships between parents and children. Gail holds a B.Ed. with Distinction and a M.A. (Honours) in Administration and Curriculum Development from Gonzaga University.

 

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Rising Spirit
Jay Man - OurMusicBox
http://www.youtube.com/c/ourmusicbox

Announcer: Adam Smith

Sponsored by Beaners Fun Cuts for Kids Salons

 

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