Life Management Series – Finding Balance: A Student-Parent Panel (CCR approved)

Date: Friday, October 14, 2022
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

Join us for an opportunity to discover strategies and insights from current students with family responsibilities on how to adjust to university life. We will have a moderated panel of three students who will talk about their experiences of being a student-parent while pursuing either their undergraduate or graduate degrees.

* Life Management Series is Co-Curricular Record (CCR) approved. Students who complete four workshops over two academic years, will receive Co-Curricular Record recognition. CCR connects skills to involvement opportunities.

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.

Life Management Series: Stress Management (CCR Approved)

Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2022
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

A workshop series designed to empower students to find a better balance between being in school and caring for others.

How do I balance all the things I want or need to do for my studies, my family, and my own well-being? What strategies can I use to mitigate the impact of stress on my studies? How do I avoid or respond to burnout? Balancing family care and school is challenging, but there are strategies and supports that can help. Bring your questions, concerns, and your own life-hacks to this 1 hour interactive workshop.

Facilitator: Cristina Peter, Learning Strategist, EdD Student, Mom of 2

* * Life Management Series is Co-Curricular Record (CCR) approved. Students who complete four workshops over two academic years, will receive Co-Curricular Record recognition. CCR connects skills to involvement opportunities.

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.

Springtime Origami for Students

Date: Thursday, April 8, 2021
Time: 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

Let’s celebrate Spring! Origami instructors will teach us how to fold bunnies, a flower basket, egg holders and more! Children are also welcome. The session will include breakout rooms to accommodate kids and complete beginners (~10 folds per model) and intermediate level.

All prospective, new, current U of T students and their partner/spouse are welcome, registration required. A joint event by APUS, UTFOLD and the Family Care Office.

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.

Studying at Home with Children (Webinar)

Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Once you register, you will receive a link to join the webinar.

Join us for a webinar with Learning Strategist (and mother) Cristina Peters.  This webinar will discuss strategies for working/studying from home with children .

Facilitator:  Cristina Peters, Learning Strategist, Academic Success Centre

University of Toronto students and their partners are welcome to join the Zoom meeting!  Please note, after this webinar, you may be interested in joining the U of T Student Parents and Student Carers Online Platform

For attendance, please register here.

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.