Baby and Toddler Talks: Cooking Your Own Baby Food

Date: Wednesday, June 8, 2022
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

Cooking your own baby food is easy and affordable and, best of all, you know exactly what’s in it! At the end of this workshop the participants will be able 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 has been working for FoodShare for many years as a facilitator for the Cooking Your Own Babyfood workshops.

Registration required. Students, staff, post-doctoral fellows, faculty and their partner are welcome to attend. If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event, please contact the Family Care Office and we will try our best to work with you and make appropriate arrangements.

Life Management Series for Students: Be Good to Yourself, Whoever You Are: A Poet in Community Workshop with Ronna Bloom

Date: Friday, April 8, 2022
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

Often in life and in school, energy moves towards projects and people, but there’s little left for your own restoration. In this workshop, through the use of poems and prompts, you will be nudged into writing and reflecting on what sustains you, what you love and what you need. Take this time for yourself as a flicker of possibility of how you might take time for yourself in general.

No experience necessary. Please have a pen and paper, a notebook or whatever you like to write with on hand.

Ronna Bloom is a teacher and author of six books of poetry. Her poems have been recorded by the CNIB, and translated into Spanish, Bangla, and Chinese. Ronna created the Poet in Residence program at Sinai Health and is currently Poet in Community to the University of Toronto. www.ronnabloom.com

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Life Management Series is Co-Curricular Record (CCR) approved. Students who complete four workshops over two academic years, will receive Life Management Certificate and Co-Curricular Record recognition. CCR connects skills to involvement opportunities.

This is a workshop series to empower students to balance academic priorities and self-care, with caring for others.

Registration required. University of Toronto students are welcome.

If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event, please contact the Family Care Office and we will try our best to work with you and make appropriate arrangements.

Breastfeeding 101

Date: Monday, February 14, 2022
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

Improve your chances of a better start in your breastfeeding journey! This workshop will
provide practical tools and valuable information on breastfeeding in the early days. You will learn:

  • How human bodies prepare to lactate
  • How our babies prepare to nurse
  • What to expect in the early days
  • What to look for in an efficient latch
  • What comfortable breastfeeding positioning looks like
  • How to tell breastfeeding is going well in the early days
  • When to ask for skilled help

Facilitator: Camila Valente is a Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Breastfeeding Counsellor, Internationally Educated Nurse and mother of two children.

University of Toronto students, staff, faculty and their partners are welcome to attend.

If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event, please contact the Family Care Office and we will try our best to work with you and make appropriate arrangements.

Building Male Allyship Within Families

Date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

During this session, participants will be unpacking traditional expectations of masculinity and their impact on the everyday lives of male identified individuals. Tips to build allyship within the family dynamic and develop healthy relationships will be shared and discussed with participants.

Facilitator: David Garzon is the Team Lead, Community Engagement at White Ribbon. He is responsible for the management and delivery of several key initiatives across White Ribbon.

Registration required. Current University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and their partners are welcome. If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event, please contact the Family Care Office and we will try our best to work with you and make appropriate arrangements.

Baby & Toddler Talks: Baby Food — Introducing Solids

Date: Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 am
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

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

Learn to:

  • Know how and when to introduce solid foods
  • Use simple equipment to make baby food
  • 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, FoodShare Facilitator

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and their families are welcome. If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event, please contact the Family Care Office and we will try our best to work with you and make appropriate arrangements.

Building Your Child’s Self Esteem

Date: Thursday, February 18th, 2021
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

Encouragement is more than saying “You’re a great kid”. This workshop will give you the strategies you need to help your child feel self-confident and happy with her or himself —just as she or he is. Research has shown that children with high self-esteem have an advantage in dealing with life’s challenges. Perfectionism, praise, and handling mistakes positively are all examined in this enlightening workshop.

Facilitator: Karen Skinulis is a Registered Psychotherapist who specializes in parenting and family issues. She is also the co-author of three parenting books and a teacher’s book on classroom management.

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, postdoctoral fellows and their families are welcome.

If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event, please contact the Family Care Office and we will try our best to work with you and make appropriate arrangements.

Black Like Us: Parenting from a Black Father’s Lens

Date: Monday, November 9th, 2020
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

This webinar will look at parenting from the lens of Black fathers and what it means to parent Black children during a time of Covid-19 and Anti- Black racism. What does it mean to teach our Black children about self-love during a time of discrimination and hate?

Find out about strategies, tools, resources available to support Black children around education, policing and mentorship.

This webinar will also touch on allyship and what can non-Black folks do for their part to challenge anti-Black racism in Toronto.

Facilitator: Brandon Hay (MES), founder of the Black Daddies Club, www.theblackdaddiesclub.com.

Registration required. Current University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and their partners are welcome. If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event, please contact the Family Care Office and we will try our best to work with you and make appropriate arrangements.

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

Baby & Toddler Talks: Toddler Nutrition for Feeding Children aged 18 months – 3 years (U of T Scarborough)

Date:  Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Time:  1:00 – 2:00 pm
Location:  University of Toronto Scarborough Campus, Room AA160

Will your child only eat one food and refuse all others? Learn about the roles and responsibilities of the parent and the child in the feeding relationship, how to help your child develop healthy eating habits, how to deal with picky eating and create a stress-free mealtime environment. An important topic for parents of infants and toddlers as well as older children.

Facilitator: FoodShare

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: Building Healthy Eating Habits (15 to 36 months)

Learn about how to help your child develop healthy eating habits, how to deal with picky eating and to create a stress-free mealtime environment, as well as the roles and responsibilities of both parent and child in the feeding relationship.

Facilitator: Aviva Allen is one of Toronto’s leading Kids’ Nutritionists specializing in helping parents deal with their picky eaters. Aviva helps children and their families establish healthy eating habits through her nutritional counselling practice and is also the founder of Healthy Moms Toronto, helping connect moms throughout the GTA.

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.