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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

The Science Behind Twins

5/20/2019
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Surprise! You are having twins. It’s the news more than 10 thousand couples in Canada received last year. But for at least 2 families, it wasn’t the first time they heard it. The Armstrongs in Red Deer welcomed its third set of fraternal twins in April. All three were conceived naturally. Around the same time, an Edmonton family brought home its second set of twins. Mom Megan joins us to talk about the adjustment. Plus, how rare is it to welcome not one, but two sets of twins? Dr. Nancy J....

Duration:00:21:25

How children’s books have changed

5/13/2019
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How have children’s books evolved over time? And does that mean we are getting better books? That’s what we asked two award-winning Canadian authors. Barbara Reid has over 35 years of experience crafting children’s picture books. She joins us to talk about the evolution and even pinpoints some big changes she’s made to her own work. You can connect with Reid by clicking here. We also hear from Jon Klassen. He is the man behind the books I Want My Hat Back, This Is Not My Hat and We Found a...

Duration:00:17:55

Unexplained Infertility

5/6/2019
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Linda Hoang appears to have it all, at least on social media. Her page is filled with photos of her family, friends, food, travel but she admits something is missing. “It's sort of like we are living this half or fake life,” explains Linda. “We are very happy about the life we have, but it's not the life that we have wanted for the last five years.” She and her husband Mike have been diagnosed with ‘unexplained infertility’ and for the past five years have been trying to conceive. Linda...

Duration:00:23:39

Fathers & Daughters

4/29/2019
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Some Alberta dads found the perfect way to say “I love you” to their tween and teen daughters. It involved cartwheels, dismounts and plenty of choreography. The surprise performance took place at a year-end showcase of the Perfect Storm teams, but it was the 18 dads who stole the show. One of the cheer dads turned cheerleaders is two-time Olympian Marc Kennedy. He joins us to talk about the two minute routine and what followed after. You can find out more about Marc by clicking here. The...

Duration:00:22:51

Pain Memories Impacted by Parents

4/22/2019
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You can’t be in the operating room with them, but you do play an important role in your child’s surgical experience. A team of researchers at the University of Calgary found parental anxiety around surgery can have a long-lasting impact on how your child remembers the pain. Dr. Melanie Noel is behind the study and joins us to share the findings and her advice for parents preparing for a procedure. You can find out more about Dr. Noel by clicking here.

Duration:00:19:47

Where is the teen urgency

4/15/2019
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“There’s no hurry. They don’t know how to hurry.” This is the feedback Alberta mom Deb Zinck has about her two sons aged 12 and 14. They miss their bus at least a few times a week forcing their mom to drive them to school. She wonders where is their sense of urgency? We took that question to psychologist Dr. Caroline Buzanko. She believes teens do have a sense of urgency, it’s just that their priorities are different than their parents. You can find out more about Dr. Buzanko by clicking...

Duration:00:20:42

Highly Sensitive Kids

4/8/2019
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Producer Christine Meadows son hates sweats. Refuses to wear them. He only wants to wear jeans to school, to birthday parties, at trampoline parks, and even tobogganing. The seven-year-old says he hates the way sweats feel. So will he one day just get used to it or is he a ‘highly sensitive’ kid? One in five Canadian children are considered highly sensitive. Registered psychologist Tammy Auten-Dye, who has a practice in Ponoka, Alta., helps us understand what the world is like for a highly...

Duration:00:19:56

The cost of travelling as a family of five

4/1/2019
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Why do vacation hotspots charge more for a family of five versus four? We search for the answer and find some advice on saving money from travel expert Claire Newell. Newell is the president of Travel Best Bets. You can find out more about her by visiting her website. Plus, we check in with the Eliuk Family who is heading home after travelling the world for six months. The family of five from Edmonton started in Bali and are now ending in France, sometimes visiting as many as three...

Duration:00:19:58

Direct Selling Success & Container Baby Syndrome

3/25/2019
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If you spend any amount of time on social media, especially on Facebook, you will see plenty of marketing. And a lot of it is probably coming from your friends and family. Multi-level marketing is big business in Canada. But how exactly does direct selling work and can you really make a living off of it? Derek Hassay is an assistant professor in entrepreneurial thinking at the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary. He offers his answers to those questions. And we hear from...

Duration:00:22:52

No-Cut Rule for School Teams

3/18/2019
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A 14 member curling squad. A 37 person basketball team. These are the real rosters at Michael Phair Junior High School in Edmonton where if you want to play, you can play. Nearly half the school’s population is now on a team. Assistant principal Kim Hordal-Hlewka shares how her school eliminated cuts without eliminating competition. What about the argument that tryouts build character and resiliency? Lauren Sulz is an assistant professor at the University of Alberta in the faculty of...

Duration:00:23:25

Living Apart, Together & Carolyn MacKenzie

3/11/2019
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Could you be together but live apart? Edmonton mom Olivia Weaver Pilip is doing just that. She has been in a ‘long term, long distance’ relationship for more than two years and because of children, there are no immediate plans to move under one roof. Weaver Pilip is part of a growing number of Canadian couples living-apart-together. We profile her story and hear from Dr. Jess O’Reilly of ‘Sex with Dr. Jess’. She weighs in on the relationship trend and offers advice for making it work. You...

Duration:00:24:07

Meet the Postpartum Doula & Adults trying new things

2/25/2019
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More and more new parents are hiring a doula not just for pregnancy and delivery, but to help out after the baby arrives. They provide support with feeding, diaper changing, bathing, meal prep, and light housekeeping. Shannon Sproule is a postpartum doula with Full Circle Birth Collective in Edmonton and shares with us her experience in helping families adjust to parenthood. Plus, years after she left the dance floor, Kim Smith returned to her ballerina roots and is now preparing for a...

Duration:00:23:41

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