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 

Teaching Children, Tweens, and Teens Consent – with Dr. Nadine Thornhill

In partnership with the Sexual Violence Prevention & Support Centre at UofT, we developed a three part webinar series where you will hear from Dr. Nadine Thornhill, an educator specializing in child and adolescent sexuality. For over a decade, Nadine has been helping folks have honest, open conversations with their kids and teens about bodies, relationships, and more.

The series covers: Teaching Children About Consent, Teaching Tweens About Consent, Teaching Teens About Consent. Watch the Teaching Children, Tweens, and Teens Consent webinars.


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.

Toileting Workshop

Helping children move from diapers or pull-ups into underwear is a big step for both parents and children. There are two different approaches that are usually used: Toilet training versus Toilet learning. In this workshop we will discuss both methods and the style that might be preferred by parents and their children.

Facilitator: Rochelle Dobusz-Hopkins- University of Toronto Early Learning Centre-RECE. Working with children and families for more than 10 years, Rochelle has had the opportunity to work with children and families from 0-12 years, but primarily with Toddlers and Preschoolers aged 16 mos-4. Rochelle has been working with children and their families at the ELC for the past 7 years.

Toddler Nutrition — Building Healthy Eating Habits

Participants will learn:

  • Different small nutritious meals and snacks to be served everyday
  • To offer a variety of foods from the four food groups
  • To satisfy their thirst with water
  • To understand your toddler’s food needs
  • To feed a fussy eater
  • The importance of being a good food role model

In collaboration with the Woodsworth Single Parents’ Group.

The Resilient Parent and Caregiver

Learn and practice resilience based coping strategies that can help you and your family regain balance and joy in your daily life!

Caring for a child or a loved one is rewarding, but it also involves many changes, such as household and routine disruption, financial pressures as well as, long-term responsibilities. Building resilience is ensuring that you are prepared in times of high stress.

In this session, you will:

  • Learn self-care strategies.
  • Discover where you invest most of your physical and emotional energy and whether it’s productive.
  • Uncover your coping style and learn practical tools that will help you and your family be more resilient in times of stress.

This workshop is designed for parents and caregivers.

Facilitator: Anna Wesolinska, M.Ed., is a Gestalt trained psychotherapist with nine years of experience in private practice. Anna works from a model of health, balance and empathy by bringing into awareness the places where we get stuck and our unique ways of getting there. Anna is a member of the Ontario Association of Consultants, Counsellors, Psychometrists and Psychotherapists (OACCPP).

The Footprints of Fatherhood

Dads have a unique opportunity to influence their children. This workshop will highlight the key things children need as they follow their father’s footprints through life.

Facilitator: Brian Russell is a Parent Educator with the LAMP Early Years Services in Toronto and the Provincial Coordinator of Dad Central Ontario.