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Parents & Parents-To-Be

Raising healthy, happy, well-adjusted children can be rewarding, but it does have challenging, messy moments. Whether you’re becoming a new parent, raising a teen, or somewhere in between, it’s normal to have questions. And though there’s lots of parenting advice available, it’s up to parents and caregivers to decide what works best for their family.

The health unit offers parenting support and education for families in our communities.

We:

  • Work with community agencies who support families to ensure families can access the information and support they need.
  • Assess and report on the conditions and services in our communities that impact parenting.

What Matters to Your Health

Time With Your Children

Spending positive time with your children, whether it’s playing peekaboo, cooking, or doing homework, will help them learn how to have positive relationships throughout their lifetime. Part of your role as a parent is to encourage your children to try things on their own, and to be ready to help them when you’re needed.

Staying Safe

From infancy through the teen years, you can help your children stay safe by:

  • Using car seats
  • Teaching them to look both ways before they cross the street
  • Using internet parent controls
  • Knowing where your teen is going and who he/she will be with

Expectations

Your children need to understand how you expect them to behave and what will happen if they don’t. Your expectations must be realistic based on your children’s age and development. Know that no child or parent is perfect and that supports for parents and families are available. Don’t forget, taking care of yourself as a parent is important too. 

For more information:

Call Health Connection at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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