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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

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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

    Meet the Moon Twins & Spa Designed for Babies

    Meet the Moon Twins & Spa Designed for Babies

    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 the Baby Spa click here.

    • 19 min
    Bathtub Swim Lessons

    Bathtub Swim Lessons

    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 advocates concerns with summer holidays bringing more time in lakes, rivers and inflatable pools. Our guest is Karim Zayed with the Canadian Swim School Association.

    • 20 min
    Summer Vacation

    Summer Vacation

    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 checking out her website, just click here.  

    • 22 min
    When Kids get COVID-19

    When Kids get COVID-19

    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 continue to ease across the country, what does that mean for cohort or bubble families? Nova Scotia’s Heather Laura Clarke is sticking to just one bubble family. She joins us to talk about how it’s working for her family and if and when they will expand. Heather Laura Clarke is A parenting columnist and editor with the SaltWire Network. You can find out more about her by checking out her website. Just click here.

    • 23 min
    How to talk to kids about race and racism

    How to talk to kids about race and racism

    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 out her website, just click here.

    • 24 min
    Returning to Real Life

    Returning to Real Life

    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 expert Alyson Schafer also weighs in suggesting children are building resilience during this pandemic. And later we check in with Regina middle school teacher Aaron Warner to find out he’s preparing for a return to the classroom. You can follow Warner on twitter by clicking here.

    • 27 min

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