Resources For Parents
MFF offers a variety of resources for parents in our Early Learning and Childcare Centres. We also offer FREE Parenting Seminars where parents are given an opportunity to discuss any challenges they might be facing and learn new strategies to help them face those challenges in a positive way.
Following is a list of some online resources that parents may find helpful:
Simcoe Muskoka Family Connexions
Offers children's mental health services including walk-in clinics, in-office programs and community based programs.
Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit
Provides links to many resources. Parents can also phone Health Connection to discuss any health or parenting concerns with a Public Health Nurse who is trained in Triple P.
The Psychology Foundation of Canada
has free downloadable resources that parents can use to teach their children about managing stress and anxiety, including: Kids Have Stress Too! and Parenting for Life. Handouts for Make the Connection 0-1 and 1-2 are also available for download.
Triple P Ontario
Triple P "is the flexible, practical way to develop skills, strategies and confidence to handle any parenting situation. It's backed by decades of research. And it's already helped more than 4 million children and their parents. On the Triple P Ontario website parents can find local providers and upcoming seminars and groups, as well as tips for common challenges.
Infant Mental Health Promotion
(IMHP) was started by the Hospital for Sick Children and is now informed by community partnerships across the country. Its Mission is, "to develop and promote best practices for infant mental health through education, advocacy and collaboration with families, professionals and the communities which influence the lives of infants and young children in Canada". Free downloadable resources include Comfort, Play and Teach.
Dr. Laura Markham has some great resources and a free weekly newsletter. Her site, Aha Parenting, has some great tips for a peaceful home. As the site says, "whether you’re wondering how to handle a specific challenge, just figuring out your child-raising approach, or ready to tear your hair out, you’ve come to the right place".
How Does Learning Happen
How Does Learning Happen is the document that forms the basis for early learning and full day kindergarten curriculum in Ontario.
Alyson Schafer is "a therapist, author and internationally acclaimed parenting expert who empowers families by sharing her principles, rules and tools for raising happy and healthy kids". Her website has a lot of ideas for families and she is also active on social media.
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada
Operates a website with current information on pregnancy and childbirth.
The Best Start Resource Centre
Provides a variety of resources for families who are planning children, pregnant and/or raising children. They also carry a list of Aboriginal resources, of resources in French and of resources for Newcomers to Canada.
Children See Children Learn
Provides tips, child development information and links to other resources. For parents of children aged 0-6 from Best Start, by Health Nexus.
Canadian Mental Health Association Muskoka-Parry Sound
offers adult mental health and addictions services, including a Counselling Walk-In Clinic.
Catholic Family Services of Simcoe County
Offers an adult Walk-In Counselling Clinic in Bracebridge and Huntsville, as well as locations throughout Simcoe County.