Robarts Family Study Space Open House

Date: Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 2:00 pm
Location: Robarts Library, Family Study Space, 130 St. George Street, Room #9-002

Explore Robarts Family Study Space, a secure, child-friendly, sound-proofed room in the Robarts stacks! Children are welcome and refreshments will be provided. See the Robarts library website for full details about the Open House.

About the Study Space: current students, faculty members, visiting scholars, and staff at the University of Toronto who have children 12 years old or under are eligible to use the space.

Raising Sexually Healthy Children (U of T Scarborough)

Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: University of Toronto Scarborough Campus, Room AA160

This inclusive workshop will help parents talk about safety, boundaries and sexual health education with children and pre-teens.

Attend the workshop and you will:

  • Learn about children’s sexual growth and development
  • Help children learn how to protect themselves from unwanted sexual interference
  • Prepare yourself to help children learn about sexual and gender diversity
  • Increase your confidence in answering young people’s questions about sexuality
  • Increase your comfort level with handling challenging situations such as children’s sexual
  • expression, discussion of consent and internet safety

Facilitator: Desiree Doberstein, Toronto Public Health

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.

Raising Sexually Healthy Children and Pre-Teens

Date: Thursday, November 8, 2018
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

This interactive LGBTQ2S inclusive workshop will help parents talk about safety, boundaries and sexual health education with children and pre-teens.

Come and be prepared to:

  • Learn about children’s growth and sexual development
  • Increase your confidence in answering young people’s questions
  • Increase your comfort level with handling challenging situations

Facilitator: Jennifer Paterson is a Sexual Health Promoter with the Toronto Public Health. She is passionate about inclusive sexual health education for people of all ages.

Ready for Reading (U of T Scarborough)

You are your child’s first and best teacher! Learn about Toronto Public Library’s research-based programs, services, resources, spaces, and expert staff to support you and to help you get your child Ready for Reading.

Facilitator: Patty Domski, Senior Services Specialist, Children’s Services Department of Toronto Public Library

Relationships After Kids

Please join us for a lively discussion with Sandra Rotholc on Relationships After Kids! As parents we are all faced with a to-do list a mile long with no time in the day for ourselves or to foster our relationships with our partners. As the mother of two, Sandra understands the challenges and necessity of taking time for each other amidst the chaos of everyday life in a busy household.

In this workshop, we will discuss stress and the impact of children on relationships, as well as strategies that foster the relationship with our partners, including active listening and communication, intimacy and finding time to be affectionate with each other and exercises to do with your partner around changes in relationship since having kids.

Facilitator: Sandra Rotholc holds a Masters in Social Work from the University of Toronto. She has a special interest in coaching people to have healthier relationships. She is a Registered Social Worker, a Registered Psychotherapist, Registered Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Sex Therapist.


Reducing Anxiety in Your Children

Some children seem to navigate through life with confidence and resilience, while others are anxious, full of self-doubt. In this workshop you will learn how to:

  • Help your child deal with separation anxiety as they start JK/SK
  • Assess the state of your child’s anxiety and stress level, and gain ways to lessen it
  • Easy, everyday tools that will equip your child to withstand peer pressure, cliques, and bullying
  • Lay the groundwork for self-confidence and happiness all through life

Facilitator: Doone Estey, BA, MA. Doone is a Principal at Parenting Network Inc. and an Adlerian Parent Educator. She is in demand as an international expert on parenting, giving keynotes, school and corporate talks and media appearances at leading organizations. She recently presented at the ONSAP (Toronto), NASAP (Chicago and Philadelphia), CCC Alliance (New York City) and le club b (Toronto) conferences. Doone is a co-author of Raising Great Parents, How to be the Parent Your Kids Need You to Be.

Reach Out With Words

Support your child’s speech and language development from birth to 5 years old.

In this workshop, the participants will focus on:

  • Communication milestones
  • Early identification of delays
  • The referral process
  • Home language preservation
  • Learning a second language
  • Use of language stimulation strategies to support children at home

Facilitator: Joanna Rekas, Toronto Preschool Speech & Language Services.

Raising Healthy Vegetarian Children

Learn about the specific nutrient needs of vegetarian & vegan children, and how to ensure their good health, proper growth and development.

  • Discuss the nutrient needs of children throughout the different stages (from infants to teens).
  • Find out how to incorporate these nutrients into their vegetarian/vegan diets.
  • Learn how to make your vegetarian meals more exciting for kids.

Handouts and recipes are included and there will be lots of time for questions.

Facilitator: Aviva Allen, RHN, is a Toronto Nutritionist specializing in Pregnancy, infant and child nutrition.

Raising Sexually Healthy Children

A two part workshop series designed to help adults learn about children’s sexual growth and development and increase their ability to answer questions and deal comfortably with challenging situations and behaviours.

Facilitator: Keba Thomas, Toronto Public Health

Raising Cooperative Respectful Children

I need help! My child won’t listen, go to bed, eat dinner, or do his homework…..she dawdles, argues, has tantrums, talks incessantly, ignores me, and fights with her sister. A must for every parent seeking solutions that really work! This workshop will give you the essential tools and strategies you need to win your child’s cooperation.

Facilitator: Karen Skinulis is a Certified Montessori Director and has worked extensively as a teacher and a parent educator. She is a co-author of two parenting books and one teacher’s book on classroom management.