Happy Parents, Happy Kids

Ann Douglas, a Canadian best-selling parenting author, provides a guide to parenting without anxiety, guilt, or feeling overwhelmed in her latest book:Happy Parents, Happy Kids.  In this presentation she will discuss:

  • Does parenting have to be this hard?
  • How to boost your enjoyment of parenthood
  • How to feel less anxious, less guilty, and less overwhelmed; and tap into the support you need

Ann Douglas sparks conversations that matter about parenting. She is a U of T graduate, and received her degree in History in 1985.  She is the weekend parenting columnist for CBC Radio and the creator of Canada’s bestselling series of pregnancy and parenting books, The Mother of All book series. Her most recent books are Happy Parents, Happy Kids and Parenting Through the Storm.  Please note her book Happy Parents, Happy Kids will be available for sale in the ODLC.

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

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.

Helping Your Child Develop Social Skills (U of T Mississauga)

Date: Thursday, March 7, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 2:00 pm
Location: University of Toronto Mississauga Campus, Davis Building Room 3129

This workshop will help parents develop techniques to help your child become more socially competent, and to lay the groundwork for building successful relationships.

  • Assess social skills of both parents and children
  • Learn ways to teach respectful communication, problem solving skills, how to handle a variety of social situations and the emotions felt
  • Help build your child’s self esteem through encouragement and respect

This workshop will focus on children ages 5 – 12 years old.

Facilitator: Kolleen McIlveen, Family Education Centre. Kolleen has been working for the Family Education Centre since 2010, and became a Parent Educator in 2012. She has been involved in the field of parent education since 2004 when her child was a toddler. Kolleen has a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a specialization in Marketing and International Management.

Helping Your Child Succeed at School (U of T Mississauga)

Date: Thursday, January 17, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: University of Toronto Mississauga Campus, Davis Building Room 3130

All parents want their children to be happy and successful at school. Many working parents struggle with knowing how to support their children with school-related activities. This session invites participants to seek a partnership between child, school and themselves as parents. This partnership creates positive structure at home to support their children’s experience at school, and looks for ways to reward effort rather than outcomes.

During this 1 hour wellness session participants will:

  • Learn to build partnerships between child, school and parents
  • Discover how to create a positive structure at home to support children’s experience at school
  • Become aware of ways to reward effort rather than outcomes.

Facilitator: Homewood Health

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

How Your Attachment Style Affects Your Parenting Style

Date: Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Time: 12:00 – 1:15 pm
Location: St. George campus, Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

In this workshop, parents will gain an understanding of:

  • Attachment styles (secure attachment, avoidant attachment, ambivalent attachment)
  • Discover how their attachment style with their primary caregiver influences their current parenting style.
  • Explore the impact of our attachment styles through interactive exercises
  • Gain insight into narratives around relationships we may have created that are blocking our growth.

Participants learn how they can be more aware of areas they need to work on to develop healthier relationships with their children. If one doesn’t know about their unconscious, default ways of reacting that are deeply ingrained in the psyche, there is no chance to consciously create positive change. There is a special emphasis put on practical techniques parents can try based on their attachment style in relating better to their children. In this way, the children may be more likely to develop a secure attachment style. Attachment styles and working models of relationships can change, and by changing a parent’s attachment style, their child’s attachment style can become more secure too.

Facilitator: Samantha Samuels is in her final year of the Masters of Counselling Psychology program at OISE, University of Toronto and has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from York University. She has worked as a counsellor in not-for-profit and educational settings in Ontario. Through her studies in Psychology and couples/family therapy, she has researched the attachment styles and its impact on parent-child relationships in great depth. Samantha has developed and facilitated numerous workshops across the Greater Toronto Area and enjoys sharing information related to personal growth and self-development.

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.

Healthy Child Screening Clinic

Date: Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (drop-in clinic, no appointment is necessary)
Location: Basement of the Early Learning Centre (ELC), 7 Glen Morris Street

Please buzz the staff of the screening clinic for entrance to the basement of the ELC

FREE developmental and nutritional check-up for children between 0 – 6 years of age. An opportunity to speak to a public health nurse about your child’s healthy development.

Come in and have your child screened for developmental, communication, and nutritional risks.

Have your questions answered regarding topics such as: Physical Growth, Social/Emotional Development, Motor Skills, Language Development, Picky Eaters, Physical Activity, and Feeding Environment.

Drop in clinic.  No appointment necessary.  Two Toronto Public Health Nurses will do the screening.

You are encouraged to bring your child with you; however, children are not required to attend the screening.  Strollers must be kept outside, and may be locked to a bike post.

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.

How to Unlock the Best in our Children and Ourselves

We all want to help our kids become caring, courageous, positive and principled people. But in today’s hectic, information-overdosed world there seem to be a thousand influences on them that we are not always happy about. And when they don’t act like the kind of people we hoped they would be, we often feel out of control, out of ideas and worried about how to turn things around.

Would you like to see your children:

  • Taking greater initiative at home and school?
  • Able to put themselves in others’ shoes?
  • Taking more responsibility for their actions?
  • Valuing togetherness as a family and wanting to spend more time with you?
  • Consistently treating peers, adults and themselves with respect?
  • Being honest even when the truth is difficult to share?
  • Courageously facing fears and persisting through challenges?
  • Less influenced by negative peer pressure and able to stand up for what they believe in?

Join Sara Dimerman for a one hour seminar (plus Q & A) on how to accomplish this.


Sara Dimerman has been a therapist and educator for over twenty years. She is one of North America’s most trusted parenting and relationship experts and the author of three books – ‘Am I A Normal Parent?’, ‘Character Is the Key’ and a book for couples – ‘How can I be your Lover when I’m too Busy being your Mother?’

A complimentary copy of Sara’s book ‘Character at the Key’ will be given to one of the seminar’s attendees as part of a draw. Everybody else can purchase Sara’s book after the workshop at a discounted rate of $20.00.

Visit www.helpmesara.com or folllow Sara @helpmesara

How to Own Your Own Your Dream Home

Come out and learn first hand everything you need to know about buying and owning your own dream home.

  • Identify the major factors to be considered, and decide if home ownership is right for you
  • Identify resources available to first time home buyers
  • Assess your housing needs
  • Determine various costs of home ownership and what you can afford to buy

Presented by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation,Housing Services and the Family Care Office at U of T

How to Have Great Family Vacations on a Shoestring Budget

Join us for ideas on how to plan fun-filled vacations with your child/children without breaking the bank. This practical session will answer participants’ questions, such as:

  • Which attractions can my kids and I see for free?
  • How can I save money on accommodation and meals?
  • Which websites can help me find cheap plane tickets?
  • How can I take my kids to Disneyworld without blowing the family budget?

Facilitator: Robert Lynn, Portfolio Manager at U of T Rotman School of Management

How to Find Reliable & Quality HomeCare Services

This workshop will help you find a Nanny or a Caregiver who is the ‘right fit for your family’, who shares your values and has required qualifications and training for the job.

At the end of the workshop you will be familiar with:

  • The Live-in Caregiver Programme which brings foreign Nannys/Caregivers to Canada, or employs people already living in the GTA
  • Interview techniques, reference checks and preparing a contract
  • The costs of this type of child/elder/special needs care in your home
  • Experiences of other people who hired a Nanny on their own


  • Arlene Stein, Director of Events and Catering, Hart House
  • Samira Lall, Amacare Inc, Nanny Recruitment and Placement Agency
  • Kaye Francis, Manager of the Family Care Office, currently on maternity leave
  • A representative from Intercede, non-profit community based organization for the rights of domestic workers, caregivers and newcomers