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 workshop
  • 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.

Parent to Parent: a drop in program for parents to discuss parenting
Parenting young children is busy and unpredictable, and sometimes you are looking for quick answers to your parenting questions. This drop in gives you the opportunity to share ideas, stories and discover solutions to your questions and concerns with other parents and our Parent Educator. While we are chatting your children will stay with us and have lots of fun playing and learning with our childcare educators.

Fall Parenting Workshops – Registration Required

TUESDAY MORNING WORKSHOPS

The Five Love Languages of Children
Are you speaking your child’s love language? According to author Gary Chapman, there are 5 languages we use to communicate our love for each other and knowing the secrets of the 5 love languages can help you share your affection in ways that help your children and loved ones really feel how much you love them. In this workshop you will discover your primary love language, as well as the language of your children (and partner), and then you will learn about a variety of strategies that will help you to speak the 5 different languages.

The Gift of Music:
No musical background or experience is necessary. Come on out to discover how and what you can do to introduce and build upon the love of music for children of ALL ages. We will celebrate music and see the lifelong value of this universal language. You will discover how you can incorporate the endless benefits of music in your home and walk away with tools to develop a greater appreciation of the power of “the gift of music” for you and your family. Facilitated by a Music Teacher/Director.

Movie Mania:  Raising Children in a Digital World: 
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.

SATURDAY & EVENING WORKSHOPS
Just for Dads: Brain Rules for Babies; How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five
Based on John Medina’s book by the same name, you will discover what the latest brain research is telling us about how children develop, what they need to grow into healthy, happy people and how parenting is about brain development. This workshop will be full of practical things you can do to support your child’s growing brain power.

Mothers and Fathers: How Parenting Differences are Good for Children:
What does “parenting on the same page” really mean, and is it necessary or even good for children? How do Moms and Dads differ in their parenting approaches? What are the advantages to differing parenting practices and approaches? How do you model respect for each other’s differences to your children? Join us and you may be surprised as we explore the answers to these questions and more.

All About Toddlers:
The toddler stage can be confusing, exhausting, and frustrating for parents. It is also filled with curiosity, wonder and enthusiasm for your toddler. Join us for this workshop as we explore the world through the eyes of  your toddler. You will learn more about what this stage is all about, and strategies that will help to smooth the road for both of you.

“Stop Arguing With Your Kids.” Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS):
A new and highly effective way of understanding and dealing with problem behaviour. CPS can be used with children as young as three years of age to teach problem solving and cognitive skills, reduce challenging behaviour and build a helping relationship. Chris Alexiou will be your facilitator and is a retired Halton School Principal and a Think:Kids Certified CPS Practitioner with over 10 years’ experience using CPS with students, parents and teachers. You won’t want to miss this.

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