We can all agree on one thing: children are innocent bystanders when it involves parents separating – it is never their fault. Children need to be protected from conflict during marital breakdown. Last year, I was listening to a broadcast on what a modern divorce can look like, and the commentator’s words resonated with me… Continue reading Children and Divorce: Tips for parents
Finding the right child care centre is a big and often stressful decision. You have to consider many things such as location, convenience, quality, and of course cost. Child care in Toronto is expensive, making it hard for many families to afford. Did you know that there is a way to receive help with the… Continue reading Looking for help with the cost of child care?
“I know that it’s not good to drink during pregnancy, but will one small drink hurt my baby?” This is one of the most common questions that I’m asked as a Public Health Nurse. September is Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) month and September 9th has been designated as International Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness… Continue reading FASD: What is it?
When it’s time for your child to start school, a parent has a lot to think about. Ensuring that they continue to receive healthy food at school is very important, but can be a challenge. This is a guest post by Madison Walsh who is a Masters of Public Health, Nutrition and Dietetics candidate working… Continue reading School and nutrition
How do I lose the baby weight? That’s the question I get asked most often when I first see a parent after their baby is born. More recently at a Canada Prenatal Nutrition Program, a new mother asked this exact thing. She wondered how she would ever lose the pregnancy weight if she wasn’t expected… Continue reading Skip the fad diet to achieve a healthy weight after baby
Congratulations on the arrival of your baby! New parents have a lot on their minds. Taking care of a new baby can be overwhelming with the new responsibilities, hormone changes and feeling exhausted. These changes can all affect your emotions and your relationships. Here’s Nancy McAlary, our Sexual Health Nurse, to answer the question that… Continue reading Sex After a Baby?
Getting your child ready for kindergarten can be an exciting and stressful time for parents. There are many things to consider to help your child have a healthy start to school. Common questions asked are: What are the expectations for my child’s speech and language skills? If I have concerns, what should I do or… Continue reading Is your child ready for kindergarten?
In all the rush of getting ready for baby’s arrival, are you taking care of you? A simple way to take care of yourself is to eat a balanced meal. Providing your body with the foods and nutrients it needs will: help you feel energized, nourish your body, and help you make a healthy baby.… Continue reading 3 No-Stress Meal Ideas
Many of the parents I work with as a Healthy Babies Healthy Children nurse find they have anxious feelings as they try to make informed choices for their child and their family. It’s normal to worry. And there is something you can do about it. As a parent, you can recruit a team to support… Continue reading Drafting your parenting team
A few days ago, I was talking to a mom who recently had her second baby. She was having a tough week; her daughter caught a cold at preschool, relatives had dropped by unannounced, and the house (as she put it) was a “disaster”. Frustrated, she expressed to me, “How do other parents do it… Continue reading Social media got you feeling down?