Family Focus
Programs & Ideas | January 2021
Parents Say This Program Is Life-Changing
In a friendly, supportive environment, Parenting Journey encourages parents to care for themselves and each other as they discover how past experiences can influence their parenting style.

Activities and guided discussions will help you:
• Identify your strengths
• Clarify parenting values and goals
• Gain respect and build trust with your children
• Become more confident and optimistic
• Learn to nurture yourself and your children
• Build a network of support

Join us to learn more about yourself, your relationships, and resources that can help you in parenting. Open to parents, grandparents and kinship caregivers of children of any age.
Wednesdays, 6-7:30 PM
Feb 17- May 5 (12 weeks)
This program is virtual, and the Zoom app is required. Email Patrice if you want to learn more about Parenting Journey.
How to Get Up-to-Date Covid Vaccine Info
For the latest info on when and how you will be able to get the Covid vaccine, dial 2-1-1, or visit our website for links to more resources. Calling your doctor's office is not recommended right now.
Family Fun & A Way to Support Us
Fluff up your couch cushions, grab some snacks, and make sure you have good Internet connection, because the Banff Centre Mountain Film Festival World Tour is going virtual this year! Travel to breathtaking destinations, embark on daring expeditions, and celebrate the most remarkable outdoor achievements – all from the comfort of your living room. As one of our largest fundraisers, the Banff Film Festival helps us provide the free family programming you know and love. Click here to rent the films.
A Parent Cafe for Valentine's Day
Join us for a virtual parent café about trusting relationships. This café offers a friendly, safe place for parents to meet together to exchange ideas and stories that help build stronger, healthier families for all of us.

Families are full of imperfect people and relationships. Yet they are also a place to learn, grow, and develop. Family is where we learn how to love and trust people, including imperfect people. Loving our imperfect families develops love for ourselves and others outside our family. What does trust mean to you? How do you develop trusting relationships with your children and others in your life?

Join us for this inspiring conversation. All parents and grandparents are welcome!
Thursday, February 11
10-11:30 am
Create an 'Attitude of Gratitude' in Your Family
Did you know that helping children feel gratitude from the time they are young could make them happier people as they grow up? A recent study published in the Journal of Happiness Studies found that gratitude is linked to happiness in children by age 5!

Make it a habit to talk about gratitude in your family ... in ways that go beyond saying "thank you." Here are examples of rituals you might establish:
  • Everyone takes turns during dinner sharing one thing they’re grateful for from their day
  • During the car ride to school, everyone thanks someone else in the car for something.
  • At bedtime, ask each child to say three things they feel grateful for.
  • Keep a family journal. Once a week record a list of things you are grateful for from the week

Read more about creating an attitude of gratitude in your family!
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