Episodes
As a parent, you’ve likely had a moment where you caught yourself sounding like your own mom or dad, but that doesn’t mean you parent exactly like them. In fact, new data out of the University of Michigan suggests nearly half of parents and grandparents butt heads over everything from treats to screen time. One of the polls co-directors Sarah Clark walks us through the results and shares the biggest triggers for disagreements. And later, registered psychologist Tammy Schamuhn offers up some...
Published 09/21/20
School is back in session across the country. For many parents this marks the first time in six months that they have been away from their children for an extended period of time. A new school routine amid a pandemic can cause separation anxiety for both kids and adults according to Janine Halloran, a mental health counsellor and the founder of Coping Skills for Kids. She shares her advice for spotting anxiety in your child and offers up some strategies for helping the entire family cope with...
Published 09/14/20
They say only focus on what you can control. But in a pandemic that’s easier said than done, especially when it comes to back to school. After months of staying close to home and social distancing, the majority of Canadian students are returning to the classroom. We bring in the experts for advice on what you can do at home to hopefully make this school year a healthier one. From diet, to sleep and emotional wellbeing. Our guests are family therapist Alyson Schafer, behavioural sleep...
Published 08/31/20
Edmonton mother, Deb Richardson says it took her years to realize the ‘harder you work the more you earn’ wasn’t necessarily true. It’s one of the life lessons she’s hoping to help her children avoid by openly and regularly talking about mone. Richardson shares her wake-up call on this episode. We also hear from financial empowerment coach Selina Gray who helped Richardson find her net-worth and self-worth.  You can connect with Gray through her website SelinaGray.com.
Published 08/24/20
Not all students will be heading back to class this September. Many parents will be keeping their kids and the learning at home. So what should you consider before making the leap? We turn to Dr Robert Kunzman for advice. The University of Indiana professor and director of the International Center for Home Education Research has spent the last 16 years studying homeschooling and says the common denominator in successful schooling is support. Also on this episode, we chat with Sarah Renner....
Published 08/17/20
As health professionals prepare for a second wave of COVID-19, psychologists are preparing for a wave of mental health issues – especially in teens.  Clinics are full of youth with anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts. Psychologist and author Vanessa Lapointe joins for her advice on supporting kids who, developmentally, are extra challenged to wade through this pandemic. For more information on Vanessa, click here.
Published 08/10/20
In the age of social distancing, meet the virtual babysitter. Instead of showing up at your house, the sitter engages with your child through Skype, Zoom, FaceTime and other video platforms. The concept exploded this spring as parents attempted to work remotely and look after children learning from home. Elize Shirdel launched HELM Life following five years of connecting parents with babysitters through Datenight Babysitting. She joins us to explain what both parents and children can expect....
Published 08/03/20
Willa Sowell won over the internet with one little lie. She told her dad that the lipstick-stained on her face was purchased from Home Depot. But her dad knew better. She stole it from her mom’s purse. It was cute, innocent and eventually became a viral video. But not all lies are created equal and discovering deception can be frustrating for parents. Dr Kang Lee has been studying lying and children for the past two decades. He assures parents it’s a developmental milestone and shares his...
Published 07/27/20
After a spring spent close to home, Canadian children have the energy to burn. As they channel it into outdoor activities, Canadian paediatricians are seeing the fallout. Dr Dominic Allain joins us to talk about the spike in injuries he is seeing in his emergency department. He shares why he’s not surprised to see an increase. Dr Dominic Allain is a member of the Canadian Paediatric Society’s Injury Prevention Committee. And, we are getting a D+ for physical activity. Before the pandemic,...
Published 07/20/20
After years of loss, an Alberta couple is celebrating a double dose of joy. In the span of a week, Ian and Margo Sheldon welcomed a baby boy and girl they’re calling their “moon twins.” The babies are siblings born to siblings. Ian and Margo join us to share their long and unique journey to parenthood. Also on this episode, we take you inside the Baby Spa in Sherwood Park where it’s all about pampering infants. Owner Tara Machuik walks us through the services offered. To find out more about...
Published 07/13/20
No pool, no problem. Some Canadian families are continuing on with swim lessons by holding class in the tub. Kaylee Kennedy with K&K Swim School has pivoted from in-person lessons to virtual ones. She has now taught students across the globe and joins us to explain how bathtub swim lessons work. You can find out more about K&K Swim school by checking out their website, just click here. We also explore some of the other alternatives for swim lessons and dive into one water safety...
Published 07/06/20
COVID-19 has cancelled a lot since it arrived in Canada, but it doesn’t have to ruin your summer vacation. Heather Greenwood Davis has travelled all over the world as the blogger behind globetrottingmama.com. She joins us to talk about her family’s “plan b” for the summer and shares some ideas for finding adventure closer to home. We also hear from travel expert Claire Newell about what to expect if you are flying or staying in a hotel. You can find out about Claire and her travel tips by...
Published 06/22/20
When it comes to COVID-19, why do some infected children become severely ill while others have no symptoms at all? Why does the virus tend to hit adults harder than kids? And what role do little ones play in spreading the virus? Those are the mysteries Alberta researchers hope to help solve with a new study out of the University of Calgary.  Researcher and professor Dr. Jim Kellner joins us to talk about the project. We also look at the science and art of building your bubble. As restrictions...
Published 06/15/20
We’d like to think our kids don’t see colour but they do. Research shows children as young as preschool absorb ideas about race and racism. Kira Banks is an educator and founder of Raising Equity. She says the conversation needs to start at home and early. So where do we start? We turn to child psychologist and author Jillian Roberts for advice on answering some of your children’s toughest questions? From skin colour to dealing with prejudice. You can find out more about Roberts by checking...
Published 06/08/20
For 10 weeks, Canadian children have been closer to home than ever before — but as provinces relaunch their economies, families are expanding their bubbles. So how can we help ease the transition for our children and what can we expect in response? Registered Psychologist and author Vanessa Lapointe joins us with her predictions and even offers up a script for parents to use when taking their children to that first public outing. You can find out more about Vanessa by clicking here. Parenting...
Published 06/01/20
The majority of Canadian students are learning online, yet how they are being assessed differs dramatically across Canada. Annie Kidder from People for Education has compiled the provincial policies from coast to coast. She shares the results and offers up her opinion on whether we should be grading during the pandemic.
Published 05/25/20
Can we get a dog? It’s a question more Canadian families are saying yes to, partly because of the pandemic. We suddenly have the time and energy to welcome a new puppy. Alberta’s Second Chance Animal Rescue Society (SCARS) has seen its monthly fostering inquiries increase tenfold. Terra MacLean is the training coordinator for SCARS and joins us to talk about the demand and why you may want to paws and reflect first. You can find out more about SCARS by clicking here. And we get some training...
Published 05/18/20
While COVID-19 is postponing events across the globe, there’s one ceremony Jeremy Allen doesn’t think should wait. A funeral. The grief educator and funeral director is encouraging Canadians to start the grief process even if it means saying goodbye in a different way. He joins us to explain his stance and also has some advice for helping your children grieve during this pandemic. You can find out more about Jeremy by visiting his website DeathEd.ca. And later in the show, we find out what...
Published 05/11/20
If you were a clean freak before this pandemic, there’s a good chance you’re even more so now. A lot of families wonder how much they actually need to clean to protect themselves from COVID-19. We talk to the University of Alberta’s pathogen-fighting power couple, David Evans and Mary Hitt, for tips on how they tackle and disinfect their own home. And in the era of #quaranCLEAN we talk to the founder and director of Go Clean Co, Sarah McAllister. The Calgary cleaning company has tripled its...
Published 05/04/20
Hundreds of thousands of Canadians are sacrificing their health to serve on the frontlines of this pandemic. Many of them are living apart from their own families to avoid potentially spreading COVID-19. We share one family’s story. Plus we talk to psychologist and author Jody Carrington about the short term and long term implications for families on the frontlines. You can connect with Jody through her website drjodycarrington.com. And shifting gears to the growing season, we take a look at...
Published 04/27/20
Published 04/27/20
One month into school closures, families are leaning on screen time for everything from schoolwork to playtime or hangouts. In the first couple weeks of the pandemic, parenting experts’ message to parents was to ease off on screen time limits. With no return to normalcy in sight, should parents continue that approach? On this episode of Family Matters, we explore screen time with Dr. Michael Rich, the “mediatrician” and the director of the Center on Media and Child Health at Boston Children’s...
Published 04/20/20
No playdate, no problem. Kids are coping with a great deal of change in a short period of time, but child and adolescent development counsellor Deborah MacNamara says there's a simple solution to the upheaval… encourage play and lots of it. More play doesn’t mean you have to become a full-time playmate. Family therapist David Loyst joins us to pitch what he calls “collect before we neglect” promising to free up more time to get back your job. You can connect with David by clicking here.
Published 04/13/20
For a lot of Canadian teens, the prospect of skipping school to wear PJs, watch movies and FaceTime friends sounded like a vacation. But now in the third week of school closures and social distancing, the COVID-19 honeymoon is over. How can we help teens establish a new normal with no return to routine in sight? Calgary psychologist and mother of a teenage daughter,  Caroline Buzanko weighs-in. You can find out more about Buzanko by clicking here. We also throw the question “what to say when...
Published 04/06/20
Custody and coronavirus: who gets the kids? You likely didn't plan for a pandemic when coming up with a custody agreement. We turn to the experts to find out your legal rights and how to navigate co-parenting in the COVID-19 crisis. Karen Stewart from Fairway Divorce offers up some tips on dealing with a difficult ex. You can find out more about Karen by clicking here. And registered psychologist Vanessa Lapointe joins us for what turned out to be a mini co-parenting counselling session. You...
Published 03/30/20