Parents and Families Quick Tip Sheets

Affirmation and Celebration: New Report Offers Recommendations for Supporting Multilingual Preschool-Age Children during the Pandemic

Affirming and celebrating all language practices supports children’s identity, and social and emotional well-being, as well as fosters their learning and development. That’s the top message from a new report that focuses on ways that parents, family members and other adults can help multilingual preschool-age children cope with the stress and trauma of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. Nurturing Your Preschool-Age Multilingual Child Amid COVID-19: The Important Role of Languages describes the language development of multilingual children and how to nurture them through daily conversations and other interactions.

Newcomer Parent Resource Series: Available in 16 Languages

Refugee parents come to Canada with unique settlement needs, and language barriers that make it challenging to get information to support their parenting, children’s development, and the health and safety of their family here in Canada. We’ve developed a series of 14 parent resources to help - and they’re available in the 16 languages most commonly spoken by refugee families here in Canada!

Why Is My Child Aggressive?

Getting what we want and need is part of survival, but young children often can’t or don’t know how to express their needs and desires in calm ways or using words. As they grow, children learn to control their emotions and interact with others in positive ways. Until that happens, however, young children may be aggressive as they attempt to express themselves. This resource is available in multiple languages for download.

When Your Child Has Nightmares

Young children can’t always tell the difference between dreams and reality. Some children have dreams that feel so “real” and scary that they wake up upset. This can upset parents too and cause everyone to lose sleep. As a parent, there are things you can do to help your child have fewer nightmares so that everyone can sleep better. This resource is available in multiple languages for download.

What Can I Do If My Child Is Aggressive?

Children who are aggressive are often responding to feelings of stress and anxiety in the only way they know how. Your child may need extra help to feel secure. By being loving, calm and patient, you will make a big difference. This resource is available in multiple languages for download.

Sharing Stories With Your Child

Telling stories—whether they are real or imagined—is a fun way to interact with your child. This resource is available in multiple languages for download.

Listening to and Talking With Your Child

Coming to a new country affects your whole family. Taking time to connect with, listen to and talk with your child will help them to feel more secure, and it’s also a lot of fun! This resource is available in multiple languages for download.

Keeping Your Home Language

Research shows that keeping your home language will not only benefit your child socially and emotionally, but can also improve their cognitive skills, boost overall brain function, and help them to learn a new language.This resource is available in multiple languages for download.

Keeping Children’s Teeth Healthy

It’s important to teach your child how to keep their teeth healthy. This resource offers some helpful tips. This resource is available in multiple languages for download.

Helping Your Child Get Ready to Learn

Since children do best when they grow up in a healthy environment where they feel safe, respected and loved—the way you care for them will have a great impact on how well they will learn. This resource is available in multiple languages for download.