Discussion Groups

U of Tots (U of T Scarborough)

Date: TBA
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Location: AA160-Council Chambers, U of T Scarborough

Calling all parents at U of T Scarborough! U of Tots is a new parenting group that will meet once a month to share resources, socialize, chat about our unique experiences and hear from experts on a range of topics. Join us for the first meeting on Tuesday, November 29 from 1-2 pm to meet other parents and help choose topics/speakers for the upcoming year. Questions? Email Holly Fraser or pop by BV588 at UTSC with any thoughts on this new group! Open to staff, faculty and student parents of (preferably) 1-5 year olds.

Parents’ Group at U of T Student Family Housing (for residents only)

Date: Every Thursday
Time: 3:30 – 5:00 pm
Location: Charles St. Drop-in Centre, 30 Charles St., 3rd Floor

A self-directed group for parents and their young children up to 5 years of age who live at the U of T Student Family Housing. Participants have an opportunity to meet other parents, make connections and share experiences. Group members develop a support network within the Student Family Housing buildings and learn about family resources.

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.