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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 Laurel Gregory is an award-winning journalist who has worked in Canadian media for 16 years. The mother of two co-created Family Matters in 2016 in order to create a reliable source of information to both educate and entertain parents. She secretly envies parents who raised children prior to the information age and is confident that – big or small - a walk in the woods and a good night’s sleep cures all.

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 is still trying to ditch social media after-hours to be more present

Latest Episodes

Relationship Education

As parents, we are our children’s first model of what a relationship looks like. So what happens when the example is one of abuse? According to domestic violence survivor Chantel Sparklingeyes, the cycle of violence continues. She joins us to talk about her journey and also explains why she wants schools to bring the tough topic into the classroom. We also hear from Farrah Khan, a sexual violence educator and support worker. She believes a robust relationship health education can prevent domestic violence from happening, now and in the future. But what would that curriculum look like? Khan offers her suggestions. This is episode is part of a special Global News series Broken: Canada’s ongoing failure to end violence against woman. Reporter Meghan Collie is part of a team of journalists working on it. She took a look at what kids in Canada are taught in sex education and joins us to look at how it varies between provinces.

19 MIN1 w ago
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Relationship Education

Less Toys

Less toys, more joy. That’s the case parenting author Kim John Payne is making this holiday season. He is behind Simplicity Parenting and believes if you want to raise children who are more grateful and less entitled, then surround them with less stuff. His pitch is supported by years of research showing fewer toys lead to more play in young children. Payne joins us to share some alternatives to presents and advice for getting the extended family on board. We are also looking for ways to tackle our current toy count. Organizational coach Sarah Renner shares her de-cluttering tips. Renner is a consultant with Organized with Kids.

24 MIN2 w ago
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Less Toys

Quitting Sports

After shelling out hundreds of dollars in extracurricular activities, the last thing you want to hear from your child mid-season is “I quit”. Many of us will forge ahead often negotiating, bribing or even forcing our little athlete to finish. But is that the right answer? And at what point should we let them pull the plug? Katherine Tamminen is a sports psychology researcher at the University of Toronto and has been tracking youth experiences in sport. She joins us to offer some scenarios and advice parents can try-out in their own home. Plus – we’ve been told our kids need to play more than one sport so why are parents still struggling to make the multi-sport athlete a reality? We hear form Richard Monette. He’s the head of Active for Live and behind the new campaign “Change it Up”. To find out more about it, click here.

24 MIN3 w ago
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Quitting Sports

The Dirt on Building Immunity

You know when a soother or baby toy falls on the ground and parents joke about the five-second rule, “Well it’s good for them! It will build their immune system!” On this episode, we are wondering if there is truth to that? Is it healthy for babies, toddlers and young kids to ingest dirt and germs to build up their immune system, or can it be harmful? We turn to expert known as the “Germ Guy”, Jason Tetro. He is a microbiologist, research, educator and host of the Super Awesome Science Show. To find out more about Jason or to subscribe to his podcast click here.

18 MINNOV 18
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The Dirt on Building Immunity

Cutting Your Family’s Plastic Waste

Canada will ban harmful single-use plastics as early as 2021 in a bid to reduce ocean waste. Some families aren't waiting until then. Edmonton mom Christine Hutchinson has reduced plastic use in her home by 60 per cent. How? She takes her own containers to the meat counter, picks produce that isn’t in plastic and the plastic she does buy must be re-used multiple times. You can find out more about Christie’s journey by following her on Instagram by clicking here. We also hear from Allyson Shaw. She’s the associate editor and digital producer atNationalGeographic Kids and offers up some REAL LIFE ways we can do our part cutting down on the non-recyclable/non-biodegradable product polluting the planet.

19 MINNOV 11
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Cutting Your Family’s Plastic Waste

Building a Growth Mindset

No mistakes. Embrace failure as a way to learn. Love the struggle. It’s all part of a growth mindset: the idea that talent is a starting point and abilities can improve dramatically with hard work, persistence and determination. Renee Jain is the founder ofGoZen!, a resilience program for children. She joins us to talk about adopting this mindset and how we can practice it with our own children to help set them up for success.

24 MINOCT 28
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Building a Growth Mindset

Online Friends vs Real Life Friends

These days, the word "friend" is often associated with someone who "likes" your social media posts and photos. And surprisingly that’s enough for some Canadian girls to define online friends as close friends. Girl Guides of Canada recently took a look at the state of friendships, surveying more than 1,000 girls who confessed they had more friends online than in real life. We look at the numbers. We also have some advice from educator and research Linda Stade who talks about the role parents play in fostering friendships. You can find out more about Linda by clicking here.

17 MINOCT 21
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Online Friends vs Real Life Friends

Webcams in Daycares

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 find out more about Alyson, click here. To connect with Florence, visit WindyCityNanny.com.

18 MINOCT 14
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Webcams in Daycares

College vs University

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 episode is part of our special series Failure To Launch examining the gaps in Canada’s education system.

18 MINOCT 7
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College vs University

Family Over Politics

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. How do they handle family dinners? We look for some advice from Sarah Stewart Holland (democrat) and Beth Silvers (republican). They are behind the podcastPantsuit Politicsand recently published the book “I Think You're Wrong (But I'm Listening)”.

18 MINSEP 30
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Family Over Politics

Latest Episodes

Relationship Education

As parents, we are our children’s first model of what a relationship looks like. So what happens when the example is one of abuse? According to domestic violence survivor Chantel Sparklingeyes, the cycle of violence continues. She joins us to talk about her journey and also explains why she wants schools to bring the tough topic into the classroom. We also hear from Farrah Khan, a sexual violence educator and support worker. She believes a robust relationship health education can prevent domestic violence from happening, now and in the future. But what would that curriculum look like? Khan offers her suggestions. This is episode is part of a special Global News series Broken: Canada’s ongoing failure to end violence against woman. Reporter Meghan Collie is part of a team of journalists working on it. She took a look at what kids in Canada are taught in sex education and joins us to look at how it varies between provinces.

19 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Relationship Education

Less Toys

Less toys, more joy. That’s the case parenting author Kim John Payne is making this holiday season. He is behind Simplicity Parenting and believes if you want to raise children who are more grateful and less entitled, then surround them with less stuff. His pitch is supported by years of research showing fewer toys lead to more play in young children. Payne joins us to share some alternatives to presents and advice for getting the extended family on board. We are also looking for ways to tackle our current toy count. Organizational coach Sarah Renner shares her de-cluttering tips. Renner is a consultant with Organized with Kids.

24 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Less Toys

Quitting Sports

After shelling out hundreds of dollars in extracurricular activities, the last thing you want to hear from your child mid-season is “I quit”. Many of us will forge ahead often negotiating, bribing or even forcing our little athlete to finish. But is that the right answer? And at what point should we let them pull the plug? Katherine Tamminen is a sports psychology researcher at the University of Toronto and has been tracking youth experiences in sport. She joins us to offer some scenarios and advice parents can try-out in their own home. Plus – we’ve been told our kids need to play more than one sport so why are parents still struggling to make the multi-sport athlete a reality? We hear form Richard Monette. He’s the head of Active for Live and behind the new campaign “Change it Up”. To find out more about it, click here.

24 MIN3 w ago
Comments
Quitting Sports

The Dirt on Building Immunity

You know when a soother or baby toy falls on the ground and parents joke about the five-second rule, “Well it’s good for them! It will build their immune system!” On this episode, we are wondering if there is truth to that? Is it healthy for babies, toddlers and young kids to ingest dirt and germs to build up their immune system, or can it be harmful? We turn to expert known as the “Germ Guy”, Jason Tetro. He is a microbiologist, research, educator and host of the Super Awesome Science Show. To find out more about Jason or to subscribe to his podcast click here.

18 MINNOV 18
Comments
The Dirt on Building Immunity

Cutting Your Family’s Plastic Waste

Canada will ban harmful single-use plastics as early as 2021 in a bid to reduce ocean waste. Some families aren't waiting until then. Edmonton mom Christine Hutchinson has reduced plastic use in her home by 60 per cent. How? She takes her own containers to the meat counter, picks produce that isn’t in plastic and the plastic she does buy must be re-used multiple times. You can find out more about Christie’s journey by following her on Instagram by clicking here. We also hear from Allyson Shaw. She’s the associate editor and digital producer atNationalGeographic Kids and offers up some REAL LIFE ways we can do our part cutting down on the non-recyclable/non-biodegradable product polluting the planet.

19 MINNOV 11
Comments
Cutting Your Family’s Plastic Waste

Building a Growth Mindset

No mistakes. Embrace failure as a way to learn. Love the struggle. It’s all part of a growth mindset: the idea that talent is a starting point and abilities can improve dramatically with hard work, persistence and determination. Renee Jain is the founder ofGoZen!, a resilience program for children. She joins us to talk about adopting this mindset and how we can practice it with our own children to help set them up for success.

24 MINOCT 28
Comments
Building a Growth Mindset

Online Friends vs Real Life Friends

These days, the word "friend" is often associated with someone who "likes" your social media posts and photos. And surprisingly that’s enough for some Canadian girls to define online friends as close friends. Girl Guides of Canada recently took a look at the state of friendships, surveying more than 1,000 girls who confessed they had more friends online than in real life. We look at the numbers. We also have some advice from educator and research Linda Stade who talks about the role parents play in fostering friendships. You can find out more about Linda by clicking here.

17 MINOCT 21
Comments
Online Friends vs Real Life Friends

Webcams in Daycares

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 find out more about Alyson, click here. To connect with Florence, visit WindyCityNanny.com.

18 MINOCT 14
Comments
Webcams in Daycares

College vs University

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 episode is part of our special series Failure To Launch examining the gaps in Canada’s education system.

18 MINOCT 7
Comments
College vs University

Family Over Politics

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. How do they handle family dinners? We look for some advice from Sarah Stewart Holland (democrat) and Beth Silvers (republican). They are behind the podcastPantsuit Politicsand recently published the book “I Think You're Wrong (But I'm Listening)”.

18 MINSEP 30
Comments
Family Over Politics
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