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Family Matters is a conversation sparked by parents, for parents, where we explore the issues that matter to you and navigate the challenges we all face. We are not experts but rather every day moms learning by trial and error. Our biggest hope for is that you walk away feeling a little more informed and above all – understood…like we get you because we're in it too. Host Kim Smith is a Global News reporter who has worked in Regina, Calgary and Edmonton. When her son was only three months olds, Kim went back to work as a full-time reporter and juggled breastfeeding while on the job. She would often pump in her boss’s office or in a Global News vehicle. Her son is now two and she is navigating the world of daycare, potty training and picky eating. Producer Christine Meadows has been with Global Edmonton for a decade, minus the 2 years spent on maternity leave with her boys. She is constantly navigating balance in her life as a working mom who loves her boys but also loves her “me time”. She fears screen time is going to be her biggest life regret and recently ditched social media after hours to be more present.

Family Matters is a conversation sparked by parents, for parents, where we explore the issues that matter to you and navigate the challenges we all face. We are not experts but rather every day moms learning by trial and error. Our biggest hope for is that you walk away feeling a little more informed and above all – understood…like we get you because we're in it too. Host Kim Smith is a Global News reporter who has worked in Regina, Calgary and Edmonton. When her son was only three months olds, Kim went back to work as a full-time reporter and juggled breastfeeding while on the job. She would often pump in her boss’s office or in a Global News vehicle. Her son is now two and she is navigating the world of daycare, potty training and picky eating. Producer Christine Meadows has been with Global Edmonton for a decade, minus the 2 years spent on maternity leave with her boys. She is constantly navigating balance in her life as a working mom who loves her boys but also loves her “me time”. She fears screen time is going to be her biggest life regret and recently ditched social media after hours to be more present.
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Family Matters is a conversation sparked by parents, for parents, where we explore the issues that matter to you and navigate the challenges we all face. We are not experts but rather every day moms learning by trial and error. Our biggest hope for is that you walk away feeling a little more informed and above all – understood…like we get you because we're in it too. Host Kim Smith is a Global News reporter who has worked in Regina, Calgary and Edmonton. When her son was only three months olds, Kim went back to work as a full-time reporter and juggled breastfeeding while on the job. She would often pump in her boss’s office or in a Global News vehicle. Her son is now two and she is navigating the world of daycare, potty training and picky eating. Producer Christine Meadows has been with Global Edmonton for a decade, minus the 2 years spent on maternity leave with her boys. She is constantly navigating balance in her life as a working mom who loves her boys but also loves her “me time”. She fears screen time is going to be her biggest life regret and recently ditched social media after hours to be more present.

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Episodes

Teaching kindness and teaching teens how to dress for the weather

2/18/2019
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In today’s world, a little kindness goes a long way. Proof can be found inside Davidson Creek Elementary in Sherwood Park, Alberta. That’s where a lunch supervisor has turned her crocheting hobby into a school initiative to help the homeless. You’ll hear about the project, as well as child psychologist Dr. Jillian Roberts discussing whether kindness can be taught. To learn more about Dr. Roberts and her new book, ‘On the Playground’, click here. And most parents will admit to having some...

Duration:00:27:36

Divorce without Court

2/11/2019
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Canadian couples are divorcing differently in 2019. Instead of heading to court, more are trying to solve financial and custodial issues on their own. Karen Stewart from Fairway Divorce joins us to talk about the trend and offers up some advice for people considering representing themselves. You can find out more about Karen by clicking here. We introduce you to an app that's taking custody disputes out of the courtroom and onto the smartphone. coParenter helps parents manage, organize and...

Duration:00:23:27

The surge of women freezing their eggs

2/4/2019
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More and more Canadian women are freezing their eggs for the future. The Pacific Centre for Reproductive Medicine, with a clinic in Vancouver and Edmonton, reported a 180 per cent increase from 2017 to 2018. What are the costs of egg freezing and what can you expect? We throw our questions at the centre's co-director Dr. Caitlin Dunne. And we chat with Meagan Beaton about her decision to freeze her eggs. She documented her journey on a blog perfectly titled MegsEggs.org.

Duration:00:20:56

Moms re-entering the workforce & Canada’s new food guide

1/28/2019
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Getting back into a career after staying home to raise kids can be daunting, especially competing against people who haven’t left the workforce. According to data from the Harvard Business Review, stay-at-home moms are half as likely to land a job interview compared to moms who get laid off. We speak to a mom who sent out a 100 applications before returning to work after 11 years at home raising three kids. We also get expert advice from Tara Dragon, founder of Work Evolution, and Avra...

Duration:00:28:42

Tickets for Babies & Evolution of Car Seats

1/21/2019
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A Calgary mother is frustrated over a ticket policy that prevented her from bringing her breastfeeding baby to a show. She was told if she wanted her son to attend, she would have to pay full-price for a ticket. We hear from her plus we take a look at ticket policies for babies at venues across the country. We ask a human rights lawyer if the rule is discriminatory. Margot Young is a professor with the Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia. You find out more about her by...

Duration:00:26:15

Swearing around kids and the Mini Pop Kids

1/14/2019
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Many parents are careful about what they say around their kids, but research suggests casual swearing is totally alright. Cognitive scientist and author of What the F: What Swearing Reveals About Our Language, Our Brains, and Ourselves, Benjamin Bergen joins us to talk about his research. We also hear from popular Canadian comedian, Derek Seguin. Swearing on stage is part of his routine. He opens up about his own profanity around his three kids. Kyla Cornish is known for her down-to-earth...

Duration:00:27:23

Bereaved Mothers donating milk and podcasting for kids

1/7/2019
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It sounds like Eric O'Keeffe has found his calling. The L.A. based actor is better known as Mr. Eric, the star of the ‘What if World’ podcast where kids ask a question and he answers with an elaborate story. The show is now in its third season and in November alone, brought in 250,000 downloads. Eric joins us to talk about what sparked ‘What if World’ and how the landscape for podcasts targetted at kids is growing. You can connect with Eric or checkout past episodes by clicking here. It...

Duration:00:22:42

Living with Parkinson's and the sugar myth

12/31/2018
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Larry Gifford is a 40-something husband and father with a career. He’s also living with Parkinson’s and is learning how to navigate his life with his family post diagnosis. He opens up about his struggles and some of the biggest questions he’s received from his nine-year-old son. Larry is a senior program director for Corus Vancouver. He has his own podcast called When Life Gives You Parkinson's. Sugar sometimes gets a bad reputation, especially when it comes to kids. When children start...

Duration:00:21:55

Parental bereavement and parental fitness benefits

12/24/2018
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It's a setback but not the end of the fight for parents advocating for change to infant loss support in Canada. New parents who lose a baby while on parental leave also lose parental leave financial benefits. Alberta mother Sarah Cormier lost her benefits just three days after her daughter Quinn's death. She joins us to talk about the latest vote that failed to get the Federal Liberal's support and tell us what's next. You can find out more about the Cormier family by visiting their Facebook...

Duration:00:17:25

Family Violence Myths

12/17/2018
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Would you know what to say or do if a friend or family member told you they were trapped in an abusive relationship? You can't make them leave and you can't ignore what's happening. So what can you do? We turn to an experienced social worker for advice on how to help and how to sort through some of the myths surrounding family violence. Plus, Johanna Baynton Smith shares her powerful story of falling in love only to fall into a violent relationship.

Duration:00:21:02

Extra recess breaks and Christmas card faux-pas

12/10/2018
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A rural Alberta school is going where it has never gone before… to four recesses. This year, Bruderheim School has doubled the amount of breaks it gives students. The school’s principal says it’s paying off. He is noticing students are having an easier time focusing and there are less students calling in sick. Paul McKay joins us to explain the new class schedule. Bruderheim School is on twitter. Sending out holiday cards used to be simple – buy the cards, sign them and mail them out. But...

Duration:00:29:46

A single dad and his road to parenthood and surrogacy laws in Canada

12/3/2018
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Surrogacy! It’s illegal to pay someone to carry your baby, but legal to compensate them. To help clarify the difference, Ottawa is proposing long-awaited regulations on when a surrogate can accept money. But not everyone is supportive of the proposed new changes. Fertility Law expert Sara Cohen calls it a step in the wrong direction. Sara is on twitter and you can also find out more through her website. It takes a village to raise a baby, but for Calgary’s Nathan Chan it took a village to...

Duration:00:27:43

Parents asking for help and Sharon and Bram farewell

11/26/2018
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Despite the saying that 'it takes a village', many parents feel like they're doing it alone. So why are parents so reluctant to ask for help? Trent Wilkie, of TheUnDad podcast, is stay-at-home dad of two kids, who struggled when his wife was out of town for a week. He says his reluctance to ask for help stems from guilt and pride. Toronto clinical psychologist Dr. Alex Russell says our inability to ask for help is about much more than pride. He says helicopter parents feel responsible for...

Duration:00:23:07

18 Months of Parental Leave and Teens abandoning Facebook

11/19/2018
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Canadian parents have had the option of taking up to 18 months of parental leave, instead of only 12 months. And while the program has been popular, we crunch the numbers to find out if families can actually afford to take it. Amy Dietz-Graham is an investment advisor with Bank of Montreal and shares her insight on the long-term financial impacts. We introduce you to one family that has got creative with the time to overlap the first four months after baby’s arrival. And Daddy blogger Casey...

Duration:00:25:02

Changing the conversation on gender norms and toddler tumbles

11/9/2018
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A Massachusetts kindergartener was recently teased by his classmates for wearing red nail polish to school. Sam was told it was for girls. But do five and six year olds really have a problem with a boy wearing bright red paint on his nails or are they passing on the opinions from home? We talk to child psychologist Dr. Jillian Roberts about the importance of changing the conversation on gender norms. Roberts is behind the parenting website Family Sparks. We also check in with Aaron Gouveia,...

Duration:00:27:20

Proper shoe sizes for kids and pregnant and single by choice

11/5/2018
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Alyssa Garrison aka @randomactsofpastel is about to become a mother all on her own. At 27, she decided she was done waiting for Mr. Right and decided to self-inseminate with the help of an anonymous donor. She will be the only name on the birth certificate but she won’t be the only one in the delivery room. Garrison has recruited Rhiannon Langford, a Toronto doula and the founder of Birth Boss Maternity Care. Both join us to offer up their insight into having a baby in this day and age. You...

Duration:00:18:10

The family gap year explored

10/25/2018
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Would you sell your house, quit your job and pull your kids out of school to take a yearlong adventure around the world? Better question, could you financially? We explore the family gap year and how more and more Canadian families are making it happen. The Eliuk family chats with us about their 6 month adventure starting in Bali. You can follow their trip by clicking here. And Jennifer Sutherland from the gap year association shares her dos and don’ts for an extended family vacation.

Duration:00:17:47

Re-writing the pot talk and exercise during pregnancy

10/19/2018
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Canadian youth already have one of the highest rates of cannabis use in the world. So what changes now that pot is legal? Calgary researcher Rebecca Haines-Saah predicts not much except the conversation, especially now that parents can’t use the threat of a criminal record as a determent. To find out more about Rebecca Haines-Saah’s check out her website. Fun fact, Haines-Saah is a former actress who played ‘Kathleen Mead’ on Degrassi Junior High for the first 5 seasons of the show. We also...

Duration:00:18:13

Cannabis edibles and kids on YouTube

10/12/2018
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Our kids are being called the YouTube generation. Not only are they viewing it but they also want to star in it. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing says parenting expert Alyson Schafer as long as it falls in the hobby category. Schafer offers up some advice for a safe and productive YouTube experience. You can find out more about Schafer by visiting her website AlysonSchafer.com. Plus, cannabis edible products won’t be legal for at least another year, but that hasn’t kept them out of the...

Duration:00:16:54

Discovering siblings and DNA tests

10/5/2018
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In matter of weeks, an Alberta woman went from being an only child to finding the family she never knew, all 10 of them. Janice Carlson-McLeod has a home DNA test to thank for finding her new siblings. She was one of millions who have now swabbed or spit their way into genetic testing. We share her story plus we ask genealogist Colleen Murray about the accuracy of home DNA tests? You can find out more about Colleen by clicking here.

Duration:00:18:28