How Might We Create a More Family-Friendly UofT?  Student Parent Feedback Session

Date: Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 am
Location: Robarts Library, Family Study Space, 9th Floor, Room 9-002.

The Innovation Hub​, in partnership with the Family Care Office, is looking to hear from student-parents on how U of T can be more family-friendly.  Join us to learn about the results of a research project the Innovation Hub conducted last year with student parents and then participate in interactive activities ​and dialogue that will generate practical ideas for how the university can better support student parents.  Your contributions will influence the future direction of student life programming and services.

As a thank you for participating, each participant will be provided with a $10 coffee gift card.

Facilitators: Innovation Hub staff members

University of Toronto current students are welcome.  You are also welcome to bring your child(ren) to this space, but please be advised you will be required to provide supervision.  We will have some toys and activities for the younger children under 5 years of age.  Light refreshments will be provided.

Registration required at family.care@utoronto.ca or 416-978-0951, and please provide us with your child’s age if they will be attending.

Please note, if you cannot attend the event, but would like to provide feedback, please contact innovationhub@utoronto.ca.

Family Event: Strolling with the FCO

Location Date and time (2019)
AGO Wednesday, June 19, 2019
4:00 – 5:00 pm
Meet at the Family Care Office, 214 College Street, Room #103
Riverdale Farm Wednesday, August 21, 2019
10:30 – 11:30 am
Meet at the Meeting House, 201 Winchester Street

Explore the city with other U of T parents and kids! Enjoy walking excursions to parks, museums, and local neighbourhoods. Find new places to play while connecting with other parents of young children.

Join us at the Family Care Office in June to walk to the Grange Park, behind the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO). Bring snacks, sunscreen and enjoy the AGO for free after 6 pm with your children! Join us again to have fun at the Riverdale Farm in August, meet other U of T families at the Meeting House (see attached map)

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and their families are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

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Pregnancy and Parental Leave Planning Seminar for Postdoctoral Fellows in CUPE Local 3902 (Unit 5)

Date: Monday, June 17, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

Becoming a parent is one of the most monumental experiences in a person’s life. Unfortunately, children do not come with foolproof instructions!

This workshop adopts a highly practical approach to preparing Postdoctoral Fellows represented by CUPE Local 3902, Unit 5, for pregnancy and parental leaves. Topics will include:

  • Forms and more forms – a guide to government pregnancy / parental benefits & U of T policies
  • Resources on campus and in the community that will make your life easier
  • Do we really need all that equipment? – a guide to baby paraphernalia
  • Helping older children and pets to adjust
  • Enjoying it all!

Facilitator: Kaye Francis, Manager, Family Care Office

Please register early, space is limited! All University of Toronto Postdoctoral Fellows represented by CUPE Local 3902, Unit 5 are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

Online Chat for Prospective and Current Student Families

Dates:

  • TBA

Location: Online (link will be emailed)

Get the information you need from the comfort of your own computer/phone. A Family Care Advisor will be available to chat and answer questions on:

  • Child care & child care subsidies
  • Schools
  • Children’s programs
  • Balancing study and family (and work too, if that is your case)
  • How to get connected with a peer mentor
  • Other issues that student parents have to deal with

All prospective, new, current U of T student parents and their partner/spouse are welcome, registration required.

At Home Alone (P.A. Day)

Date: Friday, June 7, 2019 (P.A. Day)
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

A fun workshop to help families prepare their 9 – 14 year old to be home alone safely. This interactive workshop for parents and their 9 – 14 year olds will help:

  • Communicate together
  • Find out if their 9 – 14 year old is ready to be home alone
  • Increase safety knowledge
  • Develop an At Home Alone plan together

Facilitator: Stephanie Forestell, City of Toronto Public Health Nurse

University of Toronto current students, staff, faculty and their families are welcome. Registration required at family.care@utoronto.ca or 416-978-0951 with your child’s name and age

Mindful Parenting (4 Week Course) — FULL

Date: FULL Thursdays, June 6, June 13, June 20
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Building, 214 College St., Room 313

In this Mindful Parenting series, we will apply mindfulness principles to the experience of parenting as a way to build a strong parent-child relationship and increase the well-being of both parent and child. Parents will explore the Mindful Parenting framework and its key elements: awareness of self and child; presence and patience; non-judgemental attitude; compassion and acceptance; and embracing mistakes as opportunities.

Each session will include a guided meditation, which participants are encouraged to practice at home between sessions. Group discussion and sharing of experiences will take place every week, and a variety of tools and techniques for implementing mindful parenting at home will be explored.

Facilitator: Mari Rossi has been teaching yoga and mindfulness for parents and children since 2006, and this is her fifth year facilitating the Family Care Office’s Mindful Parenting series. She also teaches Mindful Parenting at Indiana University, via webinars. Mari has a degree in Psychology, with an specialization in Buddhism, Psychology and Mental Health, and is currently a doctoral student in the Women and Gender Studies Institute at U of T. Between her academic pursuits and mindfulness teaching, Mari finds time for her most important work: parenting her eight year-old son and nine year-old daughter.

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and their families are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

From Cohabitation to Divorce: What You Should Know About Family Law

Date: Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Building, Room 313

Come hear an experienced family lawyer discuss the following important questions:

  • Common law relationships – what rights and obligations do you have?
  • Cohabitation agreements and marriage contracts – what’s the difference? when do you need one?
  • “I want to get married but afraid of the financial effects if we were to divorce. How do I protect myself?”
  • “I want to have kids but am afraid of a custody battle if my relationship ends. How do I protect myself?”
  • “I am separated and headed for divorce – how do I protect myself?”
  • “Will the legal fees bankrupt me?  Is there a cheaper way?”

A question and answer session will follow.

Facilitated by Ingrid van Weert, Barrister & Solicitor

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and their partners are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

Making Your Own Babyfood

Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

Cooking your own baby food is easy and affordable, and best of all you know exactly what’s in it! Learn to:

  • Use simple equipment to make baby food
  • Know how and when to introduce solid foods
  • Compare homemade and store-bought baby food
  • Adapt the food their family is eating to their baby’s needs
  • Handle and store food safely

Facilitator: Marcela Jaramillo, Food Share

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and their families are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

Family Event: Bike Mechanics for Kids

Date: Saturday, May 11, 2019
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Bahen patio (entrance through College St. between the U of T Bookstore and the Fields Institute)

Bring your kids (up to 14 yrs. old) to learn how to keep their bikes in top condition, including bike mechanics, maintenance and safety. Stick around after the workshop to have a mechanic check your child’s bike to make sure it’s safe and ready to ride. You’ll be all set for summer!

Children of U of T students, staff, and faculty are welcome to attend! Adult supervision required at all times.

Registration at family.care@utoronto.ca or 416-978-0951 with your child’s name and age.