The Unforgiving Role of Motherhood

Date: Wednesday, November 24th, 2021
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

Being a mom is, in a word, HARD! Of course, there is so much joy in the relationship you have with your children. And, trying to keep our kids emotionally stable and able to navigate life as they grow, all while making sure the basics of life are provided can make motherhood an extremely exhausting role. The amount of information moms carry can lead to overwhelm, frustration and loneliness – especially if you consider yourself the primary parent.

What if you could get a handle on the way you parent, and enlist help along the way?

Come join us for this lunch hour webinar where you will learn 1) about the typically gendered roles in parenting and the impact it has now and in the future, 2) what successful co-parenting can look like, and 3) the ways to mitigate the challenge in being the mother you want to be. You will walk away with a list of methods that you can implement and help your mental, physical and emotional well being right away.

Facilitator: Tara Rhodes is a certified life and leadership coach, speaker and trainer, dedicated to helping people gain clarity on the life that they want to live, and developing healthy habits to make it a reality. She firmly believes that life is too short to live a life that makes you unhappy and is on a mission to free her clients from guilt, imposter syndrome and unworthiness so that they can share their gifts and dreams with others. A wife, and mom to two lively boys, she actively practices what she preaches to maintain a healthy balance and presence in her day-to-day. Find out more at www.tararhodes.ca.

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 arrangements.

The Truth about Teens

Date: Tuesday, November 23, 2021
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

This informative and encouraging presentation focuses on adolescent development (how understanding adolescent development can make you a better parent), parenting strategies (the three things teenagers need most from their parents), and the job description for the job of teenager (the four “key developmental tasks” of adolescence). It explains why the teen years can be such a challenging time for both parents and teens alike — and how parents can respond that challenge in a way that strengthens, not weakens, their connection to their teen. It also discusses the important role that parents can play in supporting adolescent mental health throughout the teen years and beyond—and what that means in practical terms (how parents can apply this information to their everyday lives, starting right now).

Facilitator: Ann Douglas sparks conversations that matter about parenting and mental health. She is a frequent contributor to CBC Radio and a bestselling parenting book author. Ann is the creator of The Mother of All Book series and the author, most recently, of Happy Parents, Happy Kids and Parenting Through the Storm. A passionate and inspiring speaker, Ann delivers keynote addresses and leads small-group workshops at health, parenting, and education conferences across the country.

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

Toilet Learning – Time to Potty!

Date: Tuesday, September 28, 2021
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

Transitioning from diapers to underwear can be overwhelming and a big step for both parents and children. This workshop discusses strategies to set your children up for success on this new endeavor in life. The course focuses on signs of cognitive and behavioural readiness, and when and how to start.

With potty training, there is no one size fits all approach. This course unpacks the various methods, and how to choose the best one for your family.

Facilitator: Nadine is a behavioural therapist who has over 10 years of experience working with children ranging in all types of abilities. Her experience includes performing ongoing assessments, identifying target behaviors, developing and implementing treatment plans, conducting parent workshops, and extensive documentation of clients’ progress. She not only works one-on-one with children but closely with parents to aid in reaching their children’s goals as well.

Nadine works with New Mummy Co parents on potty training, providing them support, guidance, and customized solutions to empower and foster independence in children to reach their goals.

Nadine is personable, hard-working, passionate about her clients and their families and is committed to providing them quality service that satisfies their expectations and enhances their experience.

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 arrangements.

 

Talking with Parents and Caregivers about Gender and Sexuality Diversity in Children, Youth and Families – Part II

Date: Tuesday, April 13, 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 interactive workshop is presented as “Part II” to the introductory workshop hosted in Fall 2020. It will begin with a brief overview of language relating to gender and sexuality diversity and a summary of self-determination and affirmation in connection with gender expansive parenting and caring. It will then explore common questions asked by some parents and carers of young people as it relates to gender and sexuality diversity.

Facilitator: Rebecca Hooton (she/her) is a queer settler from Montreal. Working both onsite at The 519 and facilitating Inclusion training sessions gives her a broad understanding of the issues facing Queer and Trans communities, especially during this time. Her approach to community work is informed by her community organizing and training in theatrical collective creation. She is committed to ever-deepening understandings of intersectional feminism, anti-racist praxis, and healing justice.

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 arrangements.

Talking with Parents and Caregivers about Sexual and Gender Diversity in Children, Youth and Families – An Introduction

Date: Thursday, September 24, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to each session’s start time.

This interactive workshop will describe what sexual and gender diversity means and the various ways these diversities may express themselves in children, youth and families. This session will also introduce a gender-affirmation model of care (gender expansive parenting and caring).

As an overview, the workshop will:

  • Deepen your understanding of what sexual and gender diversity is and the various ways it may express in children and youth, and specifically within 2SLGBTQIA families;
  • Deepen your understanding of affirmation as a framework to better support and celebrate children, youth and families with sexual and gender diversity;
  • Build confidence in how best to speak to other human beings (younger and older) about 2SLGBTQIA children, youth and families – especially if you are part of a cisnormative and heteronormative family; and
  • Explore gender expansive parenting as a way to promote engagement, productivity and health/well-being for everyone

Facilitator: Ms. Ashley McGhee, The 519

Registration required. All current staff, faculty, students 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.

Teaching Kids About Consent 

Date: Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

Teaching Kids About Consent is a fun, interactive workshop that gets real and specific about how you can teach your children about healthy affection, body boundaries, and personal safety. Whether you’re a consent-pro who’s looking to fine tune your skills, or you have no idea where to start the conversation, this session has something for you! We’ll even talk about that inevitable moment your child says you can’t make them brush their teeth because they did not consent!

This workshop will cover:

• Age-appropriate starting points for family lessons about consent.
• An understanding of how you can use your child’s difficult emotions as teachable moments.
• A list of resources and a personalized plan to help your kids practice consent at home.
• Effective strategies that will help you reduce your child’s risk of exploitation.
• Techniques to talk to your kids about sexual abuse without scaring them.

Facilitator: Dr. Nadine Thornhill, Ed.D is an educator specializing in child and adolescent sexuality. For over a decade, she has been helping folks have honest, open conversations with their kids and teens about bodies, relationships, and more!

A light lunch will be served.

This workshop is a collaboration between the Sexual Violence Prevention and Support Centre and the Family Care Office.
Registration required. University of Toronto students, staff, faculty, and their partners are welcome. 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.

Baby & Toddler Talks: Toddler Nutrition for Feeding Children aged 18 months – 3 years)

Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: Koffler Student Services Centre, 214 College St., Room 313

Will your child only eat one food and refuse all others? Learn about the roles and responsibilities of the parent and the child in the feeding relationship, how to help your child develop healthy eating habits, how to deal with picky eating and create a stress-free mealtime environment. An important topic for parents of infants and toddlers as well as older children.

Facilitator: FoodShare

Registration required. 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.

Talking with Children about Colonization

Time: 12:00 – 1:15 pm
Location: TBA

In this series we will be looking at what, how much and how to tell children in our lives about the history and current developments of Canada’s colonization, in practical ways that are appropriate and respectful of their developmental stages.

Session Title Date
Identity Exercise: Our Connection with the Land Wednesday, September 26
Thanksgiving and its Meanings, Reconnections – bringing it to your thanksgiving table Wednesday, October 3
Current issues affecting Indigenous People/Misconceptions – how to talk with your children about it Wednesday, October 10
Actions & moving forward Wednesday, October 17

Facilitators: Mikaela D. Gabriel, PhD Student, Clinical & Counselling Psychology at OISE/University of Toronto & Mairi McKenna-Edwards, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator, Division of Student Life.

Registration required. U of T students, staff, postdoctoral fellows, faculty and their partner are welcome to attend. Please let us know if you have any mobility challenges so we can accommodate your needs.

The Not So Terrible Twos (U of T Scarborough)

Join us for this informative session that will cover everything you need to know about this challenging stage.

We will cover:

  • What qualifies as normal and abnormal behaviors
  • The connections between brain changes and these behaviors
  • The best, proven ways to parent your child during this stage
  • How you as a parent can survive and help your child thrive through their second year and beyond

Facilitator: Dr. Shaila Callaghan, Chiropractor, Vita Integrative Health Clinic specializing in brain-based chiropractic care and prenatal/pediatric wellness.

Registration required. All University of Toronto students, staff, faculty and their partners are welcome.

Toilet Learning Webinar

Toileting is a skill that needs to be learned. As a parent or caregiver, learn how to how to set your child up for success when they are ready to use the toilet. We will discuss how to establish core skills, steps to toilet learning, and how to deal with accidents, in order to keep your child motivated to continue learning. Most children will start toileting between 2 and 4 years old, and some as young as 18 months. Every child is different so learn the signs to look for to determine your child’s readiness.

Facilitator: Sharmeen Abeysinghe is a Registered Early Childhood Educator (RECE) with thirteen years’ experience working with families and children. She is also a mother of two boys ages 7 & 4. Sharmeen’s views on toilet readiness and child rearing have foundations in Early Childhood theories, however, it is her practical experience from working as an RECE and being a parent, where she prides herself on finding solutions that work.

U of T students, staff, faculty, and their partner/spouse are welcome to attend.