Becoming a new parent brings new roles and responsibilities. It means having to wear many different hats. Hats that you may have never worn before and hats that you never thought you would wear. Some of the hats may be beautiful and fit you perfectly and some of the hats may be hard to put… Continue reading The many hats of parenthood
Looking for a free prenatal and parenting program you can access anywhere, anytime, 24/7? You may have many questions about your pregnancy, what to expect during labour and delivery, how to prepare for your baby's arrival and how to care for a baby. Now that many programs and services are cancelled or postponed due to… Continue reading Free online prenatal and parenting program
This is the fourth part of my brain development series. As a quick summary of this series, I've shared: Part One: How the brain develops Part Two: How to build better brains Part Three: The impact of early life experiences on the brain This last and final part will focus on resilience. "Resilience is not… Continue reading Building resilience: What is it and why is it important?
All parents and caregivers of children under 6 years old deserve a medal for having coped with these months of lock down. Explaining to a young child why we are doing things so differently - in a way that they understand and without frightening them - is so important. Emotional well-being is as important as… Continue reading Parenting During a Pandemic
Looking for a free parenting program you can access anywhere, anytime, 24/7? You read all about pregnancy and labour, and now your bundle of joy is finally here. Your baby sleeps, cries and feeds day and night. You have many thoughts and questions. And when it is the middle of the night, you go online… Continue reading Free online parenting program – Register now!
The holidays are approaching and if there are children on your gift-giving list, there's a chance you are going to be visiting a toy store – where gender stereotypes rule the layout of the store! Here are some tips from our sexual health nurse, Jennifer Katz, RN, to help us navigate through those kids' lists.… Continue reading Gender stereotypes & toys: The impact on children
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
All parents want the best for their children. We envision a future for them that is full of happiness, success and healthy relationships. But, having a fulfilling relationship may feel like a daunting task and maybe even impossible…when picturing your screaming, tantruming toddler! What if I told you that there is a simple, yet powerful… Continue reading The Power of Attachment
It's normal for babies to cry. Did you know that babies cry an average of 2 to 2 1/2 hours a day? Crying peaks at 2 months then gradually decreases by the 4th to 5th month. Your baby may cry for long periods for no apparent reason. This does not mean your baby has colic.… Continue reading Why do babies cry?
As a nurse, one of my favourite things about delivering parenting programs in Toronto is hearing the personal stories of new parents caring for their children, and the things they learn along the way. There's one story in particular that sticks out to me, and it's one that I share with most new parents I meet in my… Continue reading Why a happy parent makes for a happy baby