"Boys don't cry!" "You throw like a girl!" "Why is that boy playing with dolls?" As adults, there is potential to fall into gender stereotypes very easily. I've reached out to our Sexual Health Promoters to share their expertise on the importance of talking with children about society's gender stereotypes. Here's what they shared: By… Continue reading Masculinity: What messages are we giving children?
Fathers are on the front lines, taking care of both the physical and emotional needs of their children. Here's Kristine Clarke, Public Health Nurse, to share more on fathering: In my work with parents of young children, I witness many fathers excelling in the role of caregiver. I see them at the EarlyON Child and… Continue reading Celebrating involved fathers
In celebrating Pride month we not only celebrate people who identify as 2SLGBTQ+ (Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer), but also their families. Here's Chi Ching Hui, a Sexual Health Promoter at Toronto Public Health, sharing 5 programs supporting families: In Toronto, there are many programs that support 2SLGBTQ+ families that focus on family needs… Continue reading Celebrating Pride: 2SLGBTQ+ Parenting Programs in Toronto
It's Healthy Schools Day on April 4th and Olanna Barnett, one of our Health Policy Specialists, shares a message about children's health and their environment: This year's Healthy Schools Day focus is on diesel emissions. Diesel buses have long been and still are a main mode of transportation for getting children to and from school.… Continue reading Children’s health & diesel emissions: What’s the link?
What if your reproductive plan is not to get pregnant right now? More than 50% of pregnancies in Canada are not planned. With that in mind it is a good idea to make a reproductive life plan. If your plan is to wait or space your pregnancies, then you might want to consider an effective… Continue reading Reliable and effective birth control: IUD & IUS
"Sexual Health At All Ages" is the focus of this year's Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week from February 11-15. We are all sexual beings from birth until death, although our sexuality changes with us as we mature and grow. Our Sexual Health Nurse, Jennifer Katz, provides more details about what this week means. At… Continue reading Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week 2019
In 2017, Toronto Public Health surveyed 2,502 parents with children 0 – 6 years old who live in Toronto. We wanted to find out what kind of parenting information you wanted to learn about and how best you liked to receive the information. Thank you to many of our readers that completed the survey! Parents… Continue reading Parent survey results are in!
As parents and caregivers, you play a vital role in raising a sexually healthy child. You get to be the primary educator to teach your child about healthy sexuality based on your family values and beliefs. Here's are our Sexual Health colleagues, Jennifer Paterson & Nancy McAlary, to explain more. Children are curious and have… Continue reading Teaching children about body awareness and consent
Did you know that every child in Canada from birth to 18 years has rights? The UN convention on the Rights of the Child lists 54 rights. Our nurse, Michele Antunes, tells us more. November 20 is National Child Day Some examples about Rights of the Child include: You have the right to give your… Continue reading National Child Day – Celebrating kids as experts in Toronto
Did you know that, even when breastfeeding (also known as chestfeeding), it is possible to become pregnant again just weeks after delivering a baby? Using breastfeeding as a natural method of contraception, also known as Lactational Amenorrhea Method (LAM), relies on breastfeeding hormones to suppress ovulation. Without ovulation the body cannot get pregnant. Breastfeeding can… Continue reading Can breastfeeding be a reliable method of contraception?