Mindful Parenting for LGTBQ Parents

Mindful parenting aims to enhance your emotional connection with your child. It is intended to facilitate your self-awareness, mindfulness and intentionality in responding to your child’s needs at all ages. In this workshop, you will learn the fundamentals of mindful meditation as applied to parenting through reflective and experiential exercises. You will be given mindfulness practices to apply in your everyday lives as parents or caregivers.


Rachael Frankford, MSW, RSW, is a Social Worker in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at St. Michael’s Hospital and a lecturer for the Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto. Rachael is a mother of three young children and an experienced meditation practitioner.

Sara Marlowe, MSW, RSW, is a clinical social worker in both community-based and independent practice, where she incorporates mindfulness into her work with children and adults. She has developed a mindfulness group for children and families at a children’s mental health agency in Toronto. She also teaches regularly at Ryerson University in Early Childhood Education.

This workshop is sponsored by LGBTQ Parenting Network, U of T Sexual & Gender Diversity Office, and the U of T Family Care Office.