Join other parents just like you and be part of the fun and learning in our parenting classes & workshops.

parenting_familyRaising a family is hard work and OPCC wants to be part of your “village”.
We understand how tough parenting can be.  We are committed to providing high quality parenting programs and help for you and your family.  Our parent education, information  and support services are designed to give you a variety of ways to get the information and assistance you need when you need it including evenings and weekends.

You can join us for our fun and interactive workshops, give us a call, book an appointment with our Parent Educator, check out the great resources in our Parent library and on our website.  See below or our program guide  for workshops and classes.

A few things to know:

  • Registration is required for workshops.  Please register early as we cancel programs that have insufficient enrollment.
  • Babies up to 6 months old can accompany you in the worksho
  • Childcare for children newborn to 5 years is available for our daytime parenting workshops unless otherwise noted in the program description.  There is no childcare offered for evening and weekend classes.

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halton_logoAdjusting to Parenthood Support Group (formerly Postpartum Support Group) – Are you the parent of a child under the age of two years?  Are you surprised about how you are feeling now that you are a parent?  Are you struggling with being exhausted, overwhelmed or unsure of how to relate to your baby/child?  You are not alone, we can help.  Co-facilitated with a Public Health Nurse.  Childcare is available.  For more information, call (905) 849-6366 x22.  The group runs on the first and third Thursday of each month from 1:00-3:00 pm.

MAPTMAPT (Mothers Are People Too) – An excellent selection of guest speakers visit the Centre each week to discuss family, parenting and women’s issues.  Free program.  Childcare is provided. Registration is required.

Spring Parenting Workshops – Registration Required

TUESDAY MORNING WORKSHOPS
Movie Mania:
  The Mask You Live In:  There is lots of talk about a “boy crisis”.  What do the boys and men in our lives face today?  Join us for this insightful and interesting documentary about “how boys and men struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s limited definition of masculinity.”  A must see thought provoking video for any of us who are concerned about our sons, brothers, husbands and fathers.

Parenting With LOVE: Join us for this brand new 8 week series.  This engaging and highly interactive series will help you learn the importance of self care, how to STOP (an acronym to help when you are feeling overwhelmed and frustrated),  how to meet the needs of your children using LOVE (Listen, Observe, Validate and Enjoy), the importance of relationships, play and so much more.  Join us as we spend time together playing, learning and growing together as parents.  Your kids will thank you.

Learning is Fun: Make and Take Activity Workshop:  Your children often bring home treasures that they have created while in their classes and programs.  Impress your children with a gift of your own.  In this “just for parents” workshop you will discover more about how children learn and will create an age appropriate game or activity to take home and share with your child.  All tools and materials will be provided.  Come, chat, relax and create.

Parent Coffee Chat:  For our final parenting session of spring, let’s get together, grab a coffee and chat about whatever is on your mind.  Open ended coversations often yield the very best help and information.  Join our parent educator, Nikki and let’s connect, take a breather from the kids and enjoy each others company before we head into the lazy, crazy days of summer.

Infant/Child CPR:

In this 2 hour session, EMS staff from HeartSafe will teach you the lifesaving techniques of infant/child CPR and how to recognize and handle choking in children.  You will have the opportunity to practice and ask questions.  Hurry, this one fills up quickly and space is limited.

 

Also check HaltoniParent (replacing Halton Parenting Directory) for upcoming parenting workshops (newborn to teen) that are being offered in the Halton community

SATURDAY & EVENING WORKSHOPS
Self-Regulation and School Success: 
It is becoming more and more evident that self-regulation skills are just as important as learning your ABCs and 123s. Current research is demonstrating that high levels of self-regulation in preschool are predicting kindergarten reading and math achievement. This association of self-regulation and positive academic outcomes also continues into the elementary and middle school years.

Most adults feel that academic skills are the key to success in the school environment, however it is just as important to teach a child to regulate their emotions, thoughts and behaviours. Good self-regulation can help a child pay attention to classroom activities, ignore distractions, and remember instructions long enough to carry out a task and resist impulses.  Self-regulation is a learned skill that develops gradually over time and parents can play a critical role in helping children to learn to control themselves. You can develop your child’s self-regulation through everyday experiences.  Join a pediatric occupational therapist to learn more about the importance of self-regulation and school readiness, appropriate developmental expectations of self-regulation, factors that influence your child’s self-control, and ways you can help support and prepare your child for classroom success.

Infant/Child CPR:  In this 2 hour session, EMS staff from HeartSafe will teach you the lifesaving techniques of infant/child CPR and how to recognize and handle choking in children.  You will have the opportunity to practice and ask questions.  Hurry, this one fills up quickly and space is limited.

Collecting  the Hearts of Our Children: The Importance of Compassionate Parenting:  Soft hearts are essential for healthy emotional development.  Join us for this workshop as we explore this idea further and discover why compassionate parenting enhances childrens long term growth, and how we can find empathetic, compassionate ways to deal with children’s behaviour and other parenting dilemmas.

Mindful and Wholehearted Parenting:  In this 2 hour workshop we will explore the work of Brene Brown (The Wholehearted Parenting Manifesto), and Jon Kabat-Zinn (Everyday Blessings: The Inner Work of Mindful Parenting).  You will discover how to increase your awareness, become more present in the moment and optimize parenting opportunities that you may be missing in the rush to get through the day.

 

Also check HaltoniParent (replacing Halton Parenting Directory) for upcoming parenting workshops (newborn to teen) that are being offered in the Halton community