Parenting

Screen time and preschool children

Screens are everywhere! The temptation to log in, to quickly check that email, and to look at the latest post or best deal, distracts us all. And when we use screens, our children notice and become interested. Studies suggest: 76% of preschool children exceed the recommendations for screen time exposure. increased exposure to screen time… Continue reading Screen time and preschool children

Parenting · Pregnancy

Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Week 2019

“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

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Let your mobile device wait: The power of attentive parenting

I remember vividly walking into a pediatrician office and seeing a child in the car seat on the floor, crying for her parent’s attention.  The parent then rocked the car seat with their foot while continuing to text and browse on the cell phone.  This is a common scenario many children face every day including… Continue reading Let your mobile device wait: The power of attentive parenting

Baby's First Year · Parenting

Parent survey results are in!

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!

Emotional Health · Parenting

Does having a postpartum mood disorder affect my child?

Ever wonder if babies and older children know their parent is feeling depressed or anxious? Having a postpartum mood disorder affects not only one parent, but the whole family. Children are able to notice when a parent is acting differently by picking up on changes in routine and everyday behavior. These changes could be: looking… Continue reading Does having a postpartum mood disorder affect my child?

Parenting

Embracing winter activities with your children

What if embracing winter activities was a commitment for parents and not merely a popular trend? Throw aside the TV remote, ignore Netflix, turn off your phones; spend less time on social networks and spend more time outdoors.  Let’s get ourselves out the front door! Living in Toronto, we are north of the 79th parallel… Continue reading Embracing winter activities with your children

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

Top 5 non-perishable foods to stock up on for the winter

Time flies and winter is already here. Natural disasters—blizzards—often come with little to no warning. Grocery shopping will become more difficult or even impossible during a winter storm, especially for pregnant people. Stocking up now on the right non-perishable food items will help you reduce your stress. Non-perishable foods, also known as “shelf-stable” foods, are… Continue reading Top 5 non-perishable foods to stock up on for the winter

Nutrition · Parenting

Snack recipe for kids: Carrot and cheese sandwich

Parents and caregivers are always looking for new and interesting recipes as snack ideas for their children. One of the recipes that we use at many of our programs is a “carrot and cheese” sandwich. This is a “nutrient rich” snack meaning that it provides a lot of nutrients. By making this snack you are… Continue reading Snack recipe for kids: Carrot and cheese sandwich

Nutrition · Parenting · Pregnancy

New Year’s Resolution: Leave weight out of the equation!

Is this the year you and your partner are planning to have a baby? You may be thinking about the healthier choices you need to make to improve your chances of getting pregnant. I say skip the diet and keep weight out of the equation. Instead trust other signs to guide you to a healthier… Continue reading New Year’s Resolution: Leave weight out of the equation!

Baby's First Year · Parenting

First words: The power of play time

Before having my own children, I didn’t enjoy the winter.  However, I quickly realized that once you dress warmly, it’s fun to get outside and play like a child again. And…there is so much to talk about! You can make a difference in the way that your child learns their first words. As a Speech-Language… Continue reading First words: The power of play time