Families Matter

About the Agency

About the Agency

Mission:

Families Matter provides parenting education resulting in healthy child development and confident and competent parents who are connected within their communities.

Vision:

Families Matter is Calgary’s premier parenting education organization facilitating change that strengthens families resulting in healthy futures for children and their caregivers.

Our Core Values:

  • Families Matter is a   “yes ” organization that values:

    Respect for ALL

    Change

    Interdependence

    Playfulness

    Accountability

Our Possibility

Imagine for a moment if family members could confidently communicate, in accountable and respectful language, with their parents, siblings and peers. Imagine if parents routinely modeled effective ways of problem solving with their children in ways that build self-esteem. What would be possible for future generations if we placed as much emphasis on developing the skills and competencies of cooperation, as we currently do on individual achievement?

Imagine how well society would function if this was the normal way of being.

Our Approach

We create learning opportunities where we can engage, instruct, role model and inspire people to live Seven Core Ways of Being:

  • Being Conscious
  • Being Committed
  • Being Competent
  • Being Confident
  • Being Caring
  • Being Connected
  • Being Cooperative

As these Seven Core Ways of Being are more consistently practiced, we build the skills of leadership and collaboration onto this foundation.  The result is increased effectiveness in several essential skills.

Essential Skills

  • Appreciation and understanding of self and others
  • Active listening
  • Service to others
  • Expectation of a positive future
  • Capacity for and connection to learning
  • Life skills (good decision making, assertiveness and impulse control)
  • Problem solving skills
  • Negotiation skills
  • Conflict resolution skills
  • Emotional mastery
  • Seeking out objective feedback

What People Are Saying…

“The team at Families Matter gave us the help and resources we needed to grow our family.” Tracy Schultz

“The programs at Families Matter are simply incredible. We've learned so much when it comes to parenting our two little ones.” Danielle Stewart