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)

Date: 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.

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.

Pregnancy/Parental/Adoption/Primary Caregiver Leave Planning Seminar (U of T Scarborough)

Date: Friday, May 10, 2019
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: HR Conference Room BV540, U of T Scarborough

Please register early. Registration closes 1 week prior to each workshop.

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

Combining a career and family life presents special challenges. This workshop adopts a highly practical approach to preparing faculty, staff and librarians for pregnancy / parental / and adoption leave, and for a successful return to work. While you may attend the seminar at any point during your pregnancy or adoption process, the ideal time is about three months prior to the arrival of your child. Topics will include:

  • Forms and more forms – a guide to government pregnancy / parental benefits & U of T policies
  • Planning your return to work
  • 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!

Please register early, space is limited! All University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) staff and faculty are welcome. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

Understanding the Impacts of Learning Disabilities (LD) (U of T Scarborough)

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: University of Toronto Scarborough Campus, Room AA160

This workshop will focus on understanding the impacts of Learning Disabilities (LD) on children and their families and will offer strategies for how to help children cope at home, school and play. It will explore the perspectives of both children and their parents. It will also teach parents about the Learning Disabilities Association of Toronto and other services that are available for children with LDs and AD(H)D.

Facilitator: Oksana Romanov, Rame Balasingam, Hilary Quinn with the Learning Disabilities Association of Toronto

Registration required. All 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.

Elder Care: Understanding the System (U of T Mississauga)

Date: Friday, April 12, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 2:00 pm (presentation for 45 minutes followed by a question and answer period)
Location: Davis Building, UTM Room (formerly named Faculty Club), Room 3140

Trying to find the government, community and private resources to assist you to care for your aging relative in the home can be overwhelming. Who do you start with and what is available?

In this session, Zoe Levitt, M.S.W., R.S.W will guide you through:

  • The types of services and resources that are available for your elder relatives who are still living in their own homes
  • Finding and selecting available home care supports
  • How to access these supports and the costs that might be involved
  • Bring your individual questions/concerns and ask the facilitator for her advice

Facilitator: Zoe Levitt is an Elder Care Consultant with a Masters’ Degree in Social Work. She has been working with the elderly in their homes and in hospitals for more than 25 years.

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.

Baby & Toddler Talks: Foundations of Positive Parenting (U of T Scarborough)

Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: University of Toronto Scarborough Campus, Room AA160

This practical and informative presentation helps parents develop a strong foundation of parenting that will help their children (baby to school age) develop skills for social development and well-being. Participants will also learn effective strategies to facilitate positive behaviour, prevent misbehaviour and to deal effectively with inappropriate behaviour.

During this 1 hour wellness session participants will:

  • Discuss how to develop a strong foundation of parenting
  • Use this foundation as a springboard to parenting practices that help your child develop skills of social development and well-being
  • Learn effective strategies to facilitate positive behaviour, prevent misbehaviour and to deal effectively with inappropriate behaviour

Facilitator: Homewood Health