Student Families Pizza Night

Date: Thursday, February 13, 2020
Time: 5:00 – 7:30 pm
Location: UTGSU Loft, 16 Bancroft Ave, 2nd Floor

Join other student parents and their children on the night before the February P.A. Day for a fun and relaxing night out. While parents relax and network, children activities will be provided in the same space such as button-making, colouring, and playing with other children. We will be serving pizza!

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 by Tuesday, February 11.

This event is a collaboration with the UTGSU, Hart House, and the Family Care Office.

*Access: Unfortunately the 2nd floor of the UTGSU building is not wheelchair accessible.

Student Families Pizza Night (partners and children are welcome)

Date: Thursday, January 16, 2020
Time: 5:00 – 7:30 pm
Location: UTGSU Loft, 16 Bancroft Ave, 2nd Floor

Join other student parents and their children on the night before the January P.A. Day for a fun and relaxing night out. While parents relax and network, children activities will be provided in the same space such as button-making, colouring, and playing with other children. We will be serving pizza!

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.

This event is a collaboration with the UTGSU, Hart House, and the Family Care Office.

*Access: Unfortunately the 2nd floor of the UTGSU building is not wheelchair accessible.

Screening of the DVD Split and Discussion

Date:  Thursday, October 10, 2019
Time:  12:30 noon – 1:30 pm
Location: Room 346, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, 246 Bloor Street W.

This screening will allow participants to view the DVD: Split – Divorce through Kids’ Eyes.  Split  is 28 minutes in length, and is described as a video that helps parents understand the emotional needs of their children during a divorce – and helps kids understand they are not alone.

After the screening, Professor Michael Saini will be available to speak to the video and answer questions.

Facilitator: Michael Saini is an Associate Professor, holds the endowed Chair in Law and Social Work at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto and is the Co-Director of the Combined J.D. and M.S.W. Program with the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto. He conducts custody evaluations, he is a parent coach for separated families and he provides parent education workshops on issues related to separation and divorce.

Please note, the video Split will be available to borrow from the Family Care Office library after the screening.

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

Say Goodbye to Homework Hassles (Webinar)

Date: Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: Online, link will be emailed

Is the nightly hour of homework a negative experience for both you and your child? Not all homework problems are the same and each requires a tailored solution. Learn how to help your child handle this important responsibility and establish good study habits – vital tools for their future academic success.

Facilitator: Karen Skinulis has worked as a parenting counselor and parenting workshop leader for more than 20 years. She became a registered psychotherapist in 2016. She is a sought-after speaker and the co-author of Parent Talk, Practical Parenting, and Classrooms That Work, all of which are national bestsellers. Karen has been a guest parenting expert for a variety of popular news media — the Globe and Mail, CBC, Global TV, and City Life magazine. She has helped thousands of parents to develop effective strategies for behavior, based on a respectful, democratic approach to parenting.

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

Family Event: Summer Sky Adventure for Children of U of T Students

Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019
Time: 8:30 pm
Location: 2 Russell Street

Join us as we fly through the solar system in the planetarium show and visit the observation floor. Weather permitting, gaze through a telescope and view the city line or, if the night is clear, observe planets and stars. Open to U of T students with children starting Grade 4 in September up to Grade 8. Accompanied with one adult only please.

Register early, spaces limited! Email family.care@utoronto.ca and include your name, whether you are a graduate or undergraduate student and grades of your participating children.

Say Goodbye to Homework Hassles

Date: Thursday, September 13, 2018
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Location: St. George campus, Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

Is the nightly hour of homework a negative experience for both you and your child? Not all homework problems are the same and each requires a tailored solution. Learn how to help your child handle this important responsibility and establish good study habits – vital tools for their future academic success.

Facilitator: Karen Skinulis has worked as a parenting counselor and parenting workshop leader for more than 20 years. She became a registered psychotherapist in 2016. She is a sought-after speaker and the co-author of Parent Talk, Practical Parenting, and Classrooms That Work, all of which are national bestsellers. Karen has been a guest parenting expert for a variety of popular news media — the Globe and Mail, CBC, Global TV, and City Life magazine. She has helped thousands develop effective strategies for behavior, based on a respectful, democratic approach to parenting.

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.

Strengthening Families Together (SFT) on Campus

Strengthening Families Together (SFT) on Campus is a four-session education program for family members and friends of individuals living with mental illness.

SFT is designed to give families and caregivers the tools they need to address the day-to-day issues that arise while supporting their relative with schizophrenia or related illness.

Topics for discussion include:

  • Treatment options
  • Navigating the system
  • Coping skills
  • Effective communication
  • The criminal justice system

Facilitators are from the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario

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

To register please contact: knicholls@schizophrenia.on.ca. This education program is in partnership with the Schizophrenia Society of Ontario.

Student Parent Meet-Up

Join us for a social with the Family Care Office peer mentors. Refreshments will be provided. Childcare and snacks will be provided for children up to 12 years of age. Babies should stay with the parent if not yet mobile.

After you drop off your children at the Early Learning Centre (OISE location), join the other student parents for a workshop on Mindful Parenting.

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, and this is her fifth year facilitating the Family Care Office’s Mindful Parenting series. 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 six year-old son and eight year-old daughter.

Relax, unwind and meet other student parents who understand your challenges and concerns!

If you require child care for this session, please call our office at 416-978-0951 or email us at: family.care@utoronto.ca We will require the names of your children and ages.

All U of T student parents and their partners are welcome. Registration required. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

Student Family Storytelling: Call for participation in our Talking Walls art installation, Every Family Belongs

Join us for an opportunity to socialize with other students with family responsibilities and a chance to be featured in Hart House’s upcoming Family Day-themed exhibition.

Help us increase visibility of students with family responsibilities on campus by sharing your story and having your photo taken on this day.

Childminding and light refreshments will be provided.

All students and their partner/spouse are welcome. Registration required. If childminding is needed, please call the Family Care Office at 416-978-0951 or email us with your child’s name and age.

Supporting Child Adjustment to Separation and Divorce

Participants discuss how parents can help children cope with separation and divorce. Topics include:

  • Divorce from the child’s perspective
  • Factors affecting how children cope with separation and divorce
  • Strategies for supporting child adjustment

Facilitator: Mike Stone, MSW, from Family Service Toronto, Families in Transition