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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

Webcams in Daycares

10/14/2019
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More and more child care centres are offering parents a chance to literally be a fly on the wall. They are installing cameras and letting parents livestream the day's events. Florence Ann Romano, best known as the Windy City Nanny, believes in webcams. She says your day home or daycare should have nothing to hide. On the other hand, parenting expert Alyson Schafer is encouraging you cut the cord. She argues surveillance will only increase mom and dad’s anxiety. We debate both arguments. To...

Duration:00:19:47

College vs University

10/7/2019
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Why does university get all the glory? We hear from a number of students who say there’s still a stigma around attending college and reveal the pressure comes from their parents. Career coach Tonya Pomerantz says kids can make the case for college by creating a business plan for their parents and explaining exactly why they want to take this route. She also shares some important questions to ask before applying. You can find out more about Pomerantz by visiting Puddle Jump Coaching. Today’s...

Duration:00:18:55

Family Over Politics

9/30/2019
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The house was built with oil money but suddenly the kids want to save the world from climate change. We take a look at the political divide happening across the country but especially in Alberta. We hear from Calgary's Ben Laird, who makes pro-environment t-shirts and feels strongly that the federal government needs to do more to prioritize the planet over profits. His dad is retired from the oil industry, his brother is helping plan pipeline expansion and his sister works in eco tourism....

Duration:00:18:01

Real-life Education

9/23/2019
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Are we actually preparing our children for the future? In the next few months, thousands of Canadian high school students will have to figure out what they want to do after they graduate. What these teens choose will affect the trajectory of their lives. So we ask the experts, are students getting enough “real-life” education before graduating? And we head inside a Regina classroom where the students are asked “What do you want to learn this year?” Aaron Warner has used held a Genius Hour...

Duration:00:18:25

Teens and Pornography

9/16/2019
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Why do teens reach for porn? It’s believed about 93 per cent of boys and 62 per cent girls have been exposed to pornography before the age of 18. Teela was just 13 years old when she discovered porn. She joins us to talk about how it affected her perspective on sex and herself. We also hear from sexologist and relationship expert Jessica O’Relly on why parents need to join the conversation. You can find out more about Dr. Reilly by visiting SexwithDrJess.

Duration:00:20:27

Purposeful Planning

9/9/2019
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It’s not just the kids feeling overscheduled. Parents are also suffering from a packed calendar. But is there a way to have it all and get to it all? Sarah Renner is a consultant with Organized with Kids. She offers up a formula for families to follow as they begin filling out the new school calendar. One that will lead to more family dinners at the table, happy kids and still time for a date night.

Duration:00:23:10

Back to Sleep

9/2/2019
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It’s time to put those bad summer sleep habits to bed. And who better to take us through a back to sleep boot camp than Dr. Lisa Medalie. She is a pediatric insomnia specialist and is the founder of Doctor Lullaby. She is urging parents to use this new school year as a chance to make sleep a priority especially with an estimated 30 per cent of children experiencing sleep issues.

Duration:00:28:59

Taking your Child’s Developmental Pulse

8/19/2019
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Growth is easy to spot when it's shoe size and vocabulary but how do you know your child is developing emotionally? Clinical counsellor Dr. Deborah MacNamara offers up three questions to ask to see if your child is thriving. You can connect with Dr. MacNamara by clicking here. Also, we take a look at speech delay. What’s normal, what’s not and when should you reach out for help?

Duration:00:17:51

How to World School

8/12/2019
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More and more families aren’t waiting for spring or summer break to travel the world. They are embarking upon long-term trips and letting their kids learn along the way. Jenn Sutherland-Miller is one of those parents. In 2008, her family began a 10-year journey through more than 30 countries. She now runs the website howtoworldschool.org and has some advice for others families considering an “edventure.” Plus, we hear from her daughter Hannah Miller. She didn’t step inside a traditional...

Duration:00:22:17

Summer Guilt

8/5/2019
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It is not our job to entertain our children. Repeat, it is not our job to entertain our children. Many parents are feeling the pressure to pull off the perfect summer but parenting expert Alyson Schafer says we need to let go of the guilt and instead, help our children learn the skill of self-entertainment. Schafer is our guest this week on Family Matters. On top of her pep-talk, she is also providing us with a script to follow the next time we hear the dreaded words “I’m bored.” And...

Duration:00:21:16

Post Baby Body

7/29/2019
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Say goodbye to your sex life. Sneezing and peeing, laughing and peeing, running and peeing – they now go hand-in-hand. These are all things we are told to expect after having a baby. But should we live with it? No! Mary Wood is the clinical director at Cura Physical Therapies, specializing in postpartum health. She joins us with a simple test for moms. And in the race to bounce back after baby, we take a look at how your workout routine may be doing more harm than good. Kaye Burrows is the...

Duration:00:23:56

Dad Shaming

7/15/2019
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Shaming isn’t just for moms. A new poll found more than half of dads say they have been criticized for their parenting decisions. They say moms are behind most of the comments. The University of Michigan’s Dr. Sarah Clark is the co-director of the study and joins host Erin Chalmers with her biggest takeaways. Why are moms so hard on dads? We threw that question at Calgary psychologist Dr. Caroline Buzanko who says it’s a mix of instinct and worry. You can find out more about Buzanko by...

Duration:00:33:17

Divorce over 50

7/8/2019
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More and more Canadian couples are calling it quits later in life. Of the 11 million people over 55 in Canada, 1.1 million are separated or divorced. Family lawyers, like Diana Isaac, say these divorces have different challenges than those who breakup younger in life. Isaac is with Shulman Law Firm in Toronto and joins us to talk about the trend and offers some advice for baby boomers considering divorce. Plus, the new interim host of Family Matters, Erin Chalmers, shares her vision for the...

Duration:00:21:00

Stepmom not Step-monster + Nerf Gun Warning

7/1/2019
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Meet the stepfamily coach! Ali Wilks is helping blended families navigate their new normal. She is on a mission to debunk the myth of the evil stepmother and warns step-parents it could take on average seven years before they feel like a cohesive unit. Wilks is our guest this week on Family Matters. You can connect with her by clicking here. Plus, drop your weapons, even the ones with foam bullets. University of Alberta eye specialist, Dr. Matthew Tennant, is warning parents about the...

Duration:00:24:14

Teen Sexting & Class Lists

6/24/2019
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Sexting among teens continues to light up smartphones, but what are the risks associated? A new study out of the University of Calgary is linking teen sexting with risky behavior, anxiety, depression and substance use. The lead author of the study, Dr. Sheri Madigan joins us to talk about the findings and why she believes more education needs to happen at home and in schools. Plus – from grades to gender and even friendships, what goes into building class lists.

Duration:00:20:14

Parents sidelined during surrogacy delivery

6/17/2019
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“You've got to go. You're not part of it.” Those were the words an Alberta mother says she heard as her surrogate was wheeled into the operating room. She would have to wait over two hours before holding her baby. The surrogate would later tell Sara she was offered to breastfeed the baby and do skin to skin contact. We hear Sara’s story and concerns. Plus Sara Cohen, a fertility law expert, weighs in. She admits there are surrogate-friendly hospitals in Canada. Cohen is on Twitter and you...

Duration:00:22:34

Your child saw porn - now what

6/10/2019
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So you’ve caught your child watching porn online. Now what? Child psychologist Dr. Jillian Roberts is the author of the book ‘Kids, Sex & Screens’ she offers up some advice on what to say and what not to say to your children. Plus, we hear from two moms who share how easy and quick it was for their young children to find and view inappropriate content.

Duration:00:21:51

Why is the C-section rate still climbing?

6/3/2019
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45 minutes. That’s how long the average C-section takes in Canada. Doctors are performing more of these surgeries than ever. In 2018, C-sections accounted for 28.8 per cent of births in Canada. Why? Dr. Sarah Munro, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia, believes it has to do with repeat deliveries. Mothers who have had one C-section opt to have another the next time around. Dr. Munro joins us to talk about the trend and why there needs to be more information provided...

Duration:00:25:05

Supporting Indigenous Mothers

5/27/2019
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For a growing number of expecting mothers, their due date coincides with a travel date. There is no maternal care in their First Nation communities so they are sent to hospitals in larger centres to give birth. A few days later they are sent back home. The federal government covers the costs of travel and hotel, but could we be doing more to support these new moms? Carole Couchie says ‘yes’. She is the co-chair of the National Aboriginal Council of Midwives and joins us to talk about...

Duration:00:22:28

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