Mindful Parents: Resilient Children

Date: Tuesday, November 29, 2022
Time: 11:30 am – 1 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

Do you ever find yourself automatically reacting to your children in ways that leave you feeling disconnected, discouraged, and even depleted? Do you find that some of the most difficult parenting moments are when your children need you the most? Mindfulness skills can help by supporting parents to regulate our big emotions when we are feeling stressed, overwhelmed, or getting activated by our children’s big emotions. In this workshop, Sara will share mindfulness and compassion practices for in-the-moment parenting challenges, guided by a recognition that many of these challenges arise from the very stressful climate in which we parent. These practices can help us to be responsive rather than reactive; and be a little kinder towards ourselves along the way.

Facilitator: Sara Marlowe, MSW, RSW provides psychotherapy to individuals, couples, families and groups in private practice. She is a certified Mindful Self-compassion teacher (UCSD) and has trained in PACT (A Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy and Emotion Focused Family Therapy. She facilitates mindful self-compassion groups for parents and couples. She is the author of several mindfulness related children’s books including No Ordinary Pizza: A Story about Interconnection, My New Best Friend, which introduces self-compassion to children, and No Ordinary Apple: A Story about Eating Mindfully. She is the parent of two children and can be found online at www.mindfulfamilies.ca

Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, 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.

March Break Fun: Cosmic Encounters: Comets, Asteroids, and other stuff that can hit the Earth

Date: Thursday, March 17, 2022
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 am
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

Do you ever wonder what kind of object killed the dinosaurs? Or how what things from space might someday hit the Earth? Together, we will explore the often overlooked members of our solar system: the comets, asteroids, and other objects that might collide with our planet. This event will consist of a short lecture, an interactive trivia quiz, and plenty of time to ask questions!

School age children of U of T students, staff, faculty and postdoctoral fellows are welcome to attend. Register at family.care@utoronto.ca with your name and status at U of T, names of family members and ages of children, and dietary restrictions if any.

If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event (examples might include sign language interpretation, mobility issues, or any other accommodations), please contact the Family Care Office and we will work with you to make appropriate arrangements

Event co-sponsored by the David A. Dunlap Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics and the Family Care Office.

March Break Fun: Let’s Build a Fort!

Date: Wednesday, March 16, 2022
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

Want to create a room inside your house that didn’t exist before? Create your very own magical pillow fort at home from cushions and blankets and stuff you already have. Forts are a perfect place for reading, drawing, snacking and hanging out. As a group we’ll make and decorate our own happy places at home and then come up with a set of fort building instructions we can share with others.

Parents and caregivers: this workshop will involve the temporary, safe, re-arrangement of some soft furnishings in your home. All fort-builders must agree to re-assemble the living room to its original state with minimal coaching and encouragement from you.

School age children of U of T students, staff, faculty and postdoctoral fellows are welcome to attend. Register at family.care@utoronto.ca with your name and status at U of T, names of family members and ages of children, and dietary restrictions if any.

If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event (examples might include sign language interpretation, mobility issues, or any other accommodations), please contact the Family Care Office and we will work with you to make appropriate arrangements

Event co-sponsored by Hart House and the Family Care Office.

March Break Fun: PowWows

Date: Tuesday, March 15, 2022
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 am
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

What would you do if a law was created so that you couldn’t dance or sing anymore? Canada’s First Nation’s people found a way to secretly a way to go against the norm. As a result of trusting their inner voices, a new style of celebration was created.

Join Karen as she shares the secret journey of finding a current expression of celebration.

Karen Pheasant-Neganigwane is an Anishnaabe award-winner book writer, author of “PowWow – a Celebration Through Song and Dance”.

School age children of U of T students, staff, faculty and postdoctoral fellows are welcome to attend. Register at family.care@utoronto.ca with your name and status at U of T, names of family members and ages of children, and dietary restrictions if any.

If you have any access needs to ensure your full participation in this event (examples might include sign language interpretation, mobility issues, or any other accommodations), please contact the Family Care Office and we will work with you to make appropriate arrangements

Mindful Parents: Resilient Children

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

Do you ever find yourself automatically reacting to your children’s challenging behaviour in ways that leave you feeling disconnected, discouraged, and even depleted? Do you find that some of the most difficult parenting moments are when your children need you the most? Mindfulness skills can help by supporting parents to regulate our big emotions when we are feeling stressed, overwhelmed or getting activated by our children’s big emotions. In this workshop, Sara will share mindfulness and compassion practices for in-the-moment parenting challenges. These practices can help us to be responsive rather than reactive; and be a little kinder towards ourselves along the way…

Facilitator: Sara Marlowe, MSW, RSW provides psychotherapy to individuals, couples, families and groups in both private practice and the Mindfulness Clinic. She has trained as a facilitator in Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) and is a trained teacher in Mindful Self-compassion (MSC). She facilitates mindfulness & compassion workshops and groups for all ages. She is the author of several mindfulness related children’s books including My New Best Friend, which introduces self-compassion to children and No Ordinary Apple: A Story about Eating Mindfully. She has been a regular instructor at Ryerson University in theSchool of Early Childhood Studies for over 13 years. She is the parent of two children and can be found online at www.mindfulfamilies.ca

Registration required. U of T students, staff, faculty, and their partner/spouse 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.

Mental Health for New Parents

Date: Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

This workshop will explore issues that new parents face and how they can find resources and support during pre and post-pregnancy. Most new parents struggle with a lack of sleep, needing support, mental health, infant care, and more. Learn strategies to care for your baby’s physical, emotional, and developmental needs while taking care of your self too. Discover strategies, tools, and resources to help.

Facilitator: Bronwyn Addico CBE(BFW) CD(DONA) www.balancingbirthbaby.com

Bronwyn Addico, Birth & Postpartum Doula, Childbirth & Early Parenting Educator, Birth Preparation & Healing Coach. Bronwyn has worked as a prenatal educator in the Kitchener-Waterloo area for many years. After the birth of her son in 2013, she became a certified Dancing For Birth instructor.

In 2014 she embarked on a journey to become a Birthing From Within childbirth mentor and spent time in California in the Spring of 2016 to further her in-depth training. Bronwyn has been deeply influenced by this program’s view of birth as an initiation into parenting and how to examine your fears of birth and parenting. Since that time she has worked as a birth and postpartum Doula, supporting close to 100 families during this special journey in their lives.

Bronwyn is a single mother to two wonderful kids. She is able to share a wealth of information based on her vast array of parenting experiences. Contact Bronwyn: bronwyn@balancingbirthbaby.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 arrangement.

Meet, Greet & Ask Questions: A Chat for Incoming and Current Student Families

Date: Friday, August 20, 2021
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 am
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

A session for U of T students with family responsibilities and their spouse/partner to chat and connect with their peers and/or to ask a Family Care Advisor questions on:

  • Child care & child care subsidies
  • Schools
  • Children’s programs
  • Balancing study and family (and work too, if that is your case)
  • How to get connected with a peer mentor
  • Other issues that student parents have to deal with

All new and current U of T students with family responsibilities and their partner/spouse are welcome, registration required.

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.

Managing Your Finances in Times of Uncertainty

Date: Thursday, August 20, 2020
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Location: Online – link will be emailed to registered participants prior to workshop

In these times of great uncertainty, there are so many unanswered questions and so many aspects of our lives that are outside of our control. How, then, can we remain in control of our financial lives to build and protect our futures? How do we put ourselves in the best position to be able to weather any potential future storms still to come?

Join us for this interactive webinar where we will discuss:

  • Strategies for assessing where your family is financially right now, deciding where you would like to be and how you can best get there.
  • How to prepare for future unknowns, including the tax implications of many benefit programs and the effect of loan deferrals on our long term debt repayment plans.
  • OSAP deferrals and student COVID-related benefits.
  • Concrete strategies for rebuilding emergency funds and even sharing some everyday savings ideas.

There will be plenty of time for questions, so you can email them to us in advance or come with yours!

Facilitator: Anne Arbour, a Financial Educator with the Credit Counselling Society, a non-profit agency dedicated to helping Canadians manage their money better, solve their debt problems and learn about credit.

Registration required. U of T students, staff, postdoctoral fellows and their families 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.

If you wish please email your questions in advance to family.care@utoronto.ca.

Managing Finances during the Pandemic and Planning for Afterwards (Webinar)

Date: Monday, April 20, 2020
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

Have you or your family been impacted financially by Covid-19? Are you worried that your income may be impacted in the near future? Worrying about our health along with our finances can be scary, stressful and can create a lot of stress on us and our families.

Join us for a practical webinar on how to plan for emergency reduced income, deal with your bills as well as your creditors. You are not alone and we are here to help you!

Facilitator: Anne Arbour is the Financial Educator at the Credit Counselling Society, with over 25 years of experience in financial services and a passion to promote financial literacy in her community. Anne holds an MBA from York University – Schulich School of Business, and is a Certified Educator in Personal Finance (CEPF).

Registration Required. U of T students, staff, faculty and their families are welcome to attend.

Making Your Own Babyfood

Date: Wednesday, October 30, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

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

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.