Resources and Information: We like to challenge your thinking, deepen your understanding and help you find practical things that will help you in your parenting journey. Check out some of our favorite parenting links and resources. If you have suggestions for resources that you think other parents would appreciate, please send them along to Nikki at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Best Start (website) Wealth of health, development and parenting information for parents to be and parents of young children
- Encyclopedia on Child Development information-sheets (website) Information sheets for parents and practitioners present a summary of information to support concrete actions toward young children.
- Brain Rules (website) The brain is an amazing thing. Most of us have no idea what’s really going on inside our heads. Yet brain scientists have uncovered details every business leader, parent, and teacher should know.
- Conscious Parenting (video) TED talk: Shefali Tsabary, Ph.D. is the author of the award-winning, The Conscious Parent.
- Gifts your children won’t forget (article) What type of gifts can we give to our children that they will never forget? What gifts will truly impact their lives and change them forever? Spoiler alert: you can’t buy these
- Brene Brown talks about Parenting (article) Parenting Advice from Brene Brown
- Getting Kids to Sleep on their Own (article) Excuse me’: A sleep doc’s secret for getting kids to sleep on their own
- Lives in the Balance/Explosive Child (website) How you think about and treat behaviorally challenging kids is about to change for good! This website contains a ton of free resources – including guided tours, streaming video, a vast Listening Library, and lots of other helpful stuff — to help you do it!
- Zero to Three Their mission is to ensure that all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life. Check out their amazing information/resources about children’s development and parenting children newborn to 36 months.
- Zero to Five: Essential Parenting Tips Based on Science
- Kids In the House (video)Search Over 9,000 Parenting Videos From Pregnancy to College/ Learn From Over 450 Experts & Parents
- Jennifer Kolari talk (video) The CALM Technique and Child Brain Development
- “The Low Road“: Dr. Dan Siegel explains how a reaction to a variety of triggers can bring on a ‘Low Road’ experience.
- Teaching Children about Emotions (article) Parents can help their children understand and express their emotions. This article suggests some ways to help.
- Stress is Contagious (video/website) Watch Dr. Kim Schonert-Reichl describe this phenomenon called the “stress contagion” and how we can support children to be secure and calm.
- Centre for social emotional foundations of early learning @ Vanderbilt University (website) ideas and information to support healthy social and emotional development in children.
- Just Breathe: kids tell us how they feel (Video) Children tell us how emotions feel to them and how breathing helps.
- Five not so obvious propositions about play by Alfie Kohn (article) Kids need play: we need to think about play differently
- All Work and No Play (article from Ottawa Citizen) Dr. Neufeld’s commentary on the importance of play
- 6 Steps to Building Kindness and Resilience in Children (video) Dr. Dan Siegel provides 6 steps to build kindness and resilience in children.
- Reaching In Reaching Out Resiliency Training(website) Resiliency Resources for Parents
- The 5 Love Languages of Children (video) Do you know what the love languages are? Watch this and find out how to deepen your child’s feelings of love.
- Parent Further (website) An online resource to help families strengthen relationships through shared activities.
- Dr. Neufeld on Attachment, Relationships and Children’s Development (video) Dr. Gordon Neufeld on the attachment-based model of child development
- Dads: How Important Are They (article) New MUHC research highlights the value of fathers in both neurobiology and behaviour of offspring
- Biology of Dads (video) Every child needs a father is a phrase heard often enough, but is there any evidence to support it? In this enlightening documentary, child psychologist Laverne Antrobus goes on a quest to discover why a dad’s relationship with his offspring is so important. She uncovers fascinating new research which is shedding light onto the science of fatherhood.
- How Fatherhood Changes a Man’s Brain(article from Global News) The effects of becoming a father on men
- Cribside New Dad Manual (website/videos). This is a guy’s site – developed by fathers for fathers. So creatively done in the format of a car manual.
- Dad Central All things dad related can be found here.
- Canadian Paediatric Society on screen time
- Occupational therapist Chris Rowan writes about impacts of technology on kids (article)
- Effects of Media on Children Dimitri Christakis talks about Media and Children in this enlightening TED talk
- Parents Struggle with Balancing Connection and Technology (article) The iParents: Adults face modern struggle to balance staying connected and hands-free parenting
Educating the Heart and Mind Ken Robinson at the Dali Lama Centre. He discusses the importance of an education that educates not just the mind, but also the heart.
- Dr. Becky Bailey shows us how the brain connects (video) Early Childhood and Developmental Psychology Expert, Dr. Becky Bailey shares her riveting insights on how neuroscience reveals important things we can do to provide optimal situations that will wire our children for success.
- This Grade 1 teacher definitely gets an A (article) Learning How to Learn
- The late Clyde Hertzman on Heart/Mind connection (website) Research shows that heart and mind learning are highly interconnected, and that improving children’s social and emotional skills directly benefits their ability to learn and apply cognitive skills.
- Clyde Hertzman on helping children thrive (video) How are we preparing our children for the challenges they face every day at school, at home, at hockey practice or at dance class? How do we know if our children are truly thriving?
- www.ChildrenSeeChildrenLearn.ca The Best Start Resource Centre is very pleased to launch its provincial awareness campaign on child discipline! Videos and additional links for parents are included on the website.
- www.theconversation.com Why kids need risk, fear and excitement in play
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Healthy Babies Healthy Children
Oakville Parent-Child Centre supports the Region’s Healthy Babies Healthy Children program that brings together community services for families with babies and children. Healthy Babies Healthy Children is free, voluntary, confidential program for expectant parents and families with young children up to age 3. The focus for the program is on promoting healthy child development. Families are provided with information and support, and connected to programs in the community that support parents. Find out more