Parents and Families

3 Ways to Help Families and Staff Build Resilience During the COVID-19 Outbreak

The worldwide outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a source of unexpected stress and adversity for many people. Resilience can help us get through and overcome hardship, but it's not something we’re born with—it’s built over time. What can we do to help families and staff build up and strengthen resilience right now during the COVID-19 outbreak? And how can we build resilience to plan ahead for future times of crisis?


Free Webinars for Parents/Caregivers

To support you and your family’s mental health during COVID-19, clinical psychologists from Peel Children’s Centre are offering free webinars for parents/caregivers on a variety of topics, such as: making and maintaining routines during school closure; coping with COVID-19 anxiety; understanding and supporting stress in kids; caregiver self-care and more!


Wellness Together Canada: Mental Health and Substance Use Support

COVID-19 has placed a tremendous strain on individuals and families across the country. Many people are concerned about their physical and mental well being. Canadians are being challenged in a number of ways because of isolation, financial and employment uncertainty and disruptions to daily life. Wellness Together Canada provides tools and resources you can share with families to help, including modules for addressing low mood, worry, substance use, social isolation and relationship issues.


Multilingual video series: Parenting Through COVID-19

These are challenging times, for children, for parents, for teachers. For all of us. Roots of Empathy has developed a series of mental health and well-being videos designed for parents of elementary school children. The videos are available in 18 languages, including six Indigenous languages.


Multilingual Parenting Tips for Uncertain Times

In the coming weeks, many families will find the stresses of full time parenting and staying inside with children to be a significant challenge. Triple P- Positive Parenting Program has developed two resources to help. 10 Tips for Parenting in Uncertain Times is now available in Arabic, Dutch, English, German and Spanish. Parenting During COVID-19 is also available in English and French.


Have You Seen This List of Multilingual COVID-19 Resources?

Here is a helpful list of multi-language resources and factsheets on COVID-19 for you to share with the newcomer families in your program!


COVID-19 information sheets in multiple languages

Here's a helpful series of multilingual COVID-19 signs and posters for you to share, print and post.


Ideas for Parents: How to Keep Kids Happy, Busy & Learning if School is Closed

Widespread school closures have sent a ripple effect into parent communities as many scramble to find ways to smoothly transition  into at-home life with kids. And the secret is a lot easier than you might think: develop a routine, and stick to it!  Here are some ideas to share with parents, and free online learning for kids.


Family Life in Canada Video Series for Parents

Did you know that Families Canada produces resources and programming to help newcomers settle in Canada? Explore their website to find resources to support your work with newcomer families, including parent resources like this Family Life in Canada Video Series for Parents.

Winter safety: Advice for parents and kids

Winter is a great season for fun outdoor activities like sledding and skating, but cold weather, ice, and snow can also be intimidating for newcomer families and potentially dangerous for children. Here's some tips to help parents and children enjoy winter activities safely.