Mindful Parenting

Date: Thursday, October 3, 2019 WAITLIST
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College Street, Room 313

In Mindful Parenting we apply mindfulness principles to the art of parenting as a way to build a strong child-parent relationship and increase the well-being of both parent and child. In this introductory workshop, parents will learn about the key elements of Mindful Parenting, including listening with full attention, becoming aware of emotions, developing a non-judgemental attitude, accepting difficulties and challenges, building compassion and acceptance, and embracing mistakes as opportunities. Parents will not only experience practical exercises in the workshop, but also bring home tools and techniques for increasing presence, patience, and compassion towards self and child.

Facilitator: Mari Rossi has been teaching yoga and mindfulness for parents and children since 2006. She also teaches an online Mindful Parenting course at Indiana University.  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 ten year-old daughter.

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.

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.

March Break Activity: Birds!

Date: Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Hart House, East Common Room

Join us for a morning of various bird-related crafts for children ages 0 to 12 years of age. We will be making bird feeders, nest paintings, bird hats/masks and bird colouring; we will also have book readings every half hour.

Children are to be supervised by parents/caregivers at all times.

Pre-registration required at family.care@utoronto.ca with your name, U of T status, names of all participating family members and children’s ages.

A program by Hart House and the Family Care Office

March Break Activity: Astronomy for Kids FULL

Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Time: 7:30 pm
Location: TBA

Join us as we fly through the solar system in the planetarium show and visit the observation floor. Gaze through a telescope and view the city line or if the night is clear, observe planets and/or stars!

Children are to be supervised by parents/caregivers at all times.

Open to children in grades 3 to 8 (of current U of T students, staff, and faculty) with one adult only please.

Pre-registration required at family.care@utoronto.ca with your name, U of T status, names of all participating family members and children’s ages.

March Break Events: Bowl of Words – A Writing Workshop for Families

Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Time: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Centre for International Experience, Baldwin Room

What would it be like to write together? What might you say? How would you start? Would a bowl of words help?

In this workshop, let yourself be guided on a writing spree of stories, poems, lists, letters and random details of your lives. A playful, fun way to connect that lets you go home with more stories than you came with.

No writing experience necessary. Ages 8 and up.

Pre-registration required at family.care@utoronto.ca with your name, U of T status, names of all participating family members and children’s ages.

March Break Fun: Astronomy Adventure

Join us as we visit the University of Toronto Planetarium for an exciting show and chance at viewing through a telescope. If we have clear weather that night, you will be able to see the planet Mercury at its highest point above the horizon in the evening sky, just after sunset.

Please note that we might only be able to see the Toronto skyline if it is cloudy, but we will still get to fly through the solar system in the planetarium no matter what the weather is like.

This event is for children Grades 3 to 8 (children from 8 to 14 years of age), and at least one of their parents must be a current student, staff, faculty or postdoctoral fellow. Children need to be accompanied by an adult (only one adult per family please, as we want to make room for as many children as possible). Event co-sponsored by the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics and the Family Care Office.

Mother-Daughter Wen-Do

What is Wen-Do? Wen-Do is a self defense course designed for women, by women to learn easy to use and easy to remember methods of protecting ourselves in a wide range of situations. Techniques are designed for effective use by women of all ages, sizes, and abilities. A combination of discussion, with practical physical skills results in an integration of mental and physical preparedness.

This two day course is not just for mothers-daughters. Bring along a niece, your friend’s child, your sister, your partner’s daughter. The child must be over 9 yrs.

Mindfulness for Children & Families

In this 2-part workshop, participants will learn about developing a mindfulness practice for the whole family.

In the first session, parents will be introduced to mindfulness, ways they can share mindfulness practice with their children and how to develop an ongoing practice with their children.

In the second session, children and parents together will learn about mindfulness and a range of ways to practice together at home. The practices are playful, fun and engaging for children; all the while teaching important skills such as awareness of thoughts & feelings, slowing down, paying full attention to tasks, body awareness, gratitude and compassion. Participants will receive information about resources to support their practice.

Facilitator: 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 also teaches regularly at Ryerson University in Early Childhood Education.

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.

Facilitator:

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.