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Parenting

The Health Unit offers supports for parents through the programs listed below.

For more information on parenting supports in your community, call 1-800-660-5853.

Parenting Tips

Check out our Parenting Tips every Wednesday afternoon. For more information, call 1-800-660-5853.

Triple P LogoTriple P

Triple P is a parenting program, but it doesn’t tell you how to be a parent. It’s more like a toolbox of ideas. You choose the strategies you need. You choose the way you want to use them. It’s all about making Triple P work for you. And it’s for all families with children from 0–16. For more information about Triple P, visit the Triple P website for parenting skills and strategies.

A café is a short, small group session in a relaxed setting. A trained Triple P provider will give you tips and suggestions for dealing with your child’s problem behavior. You’ll be encouraged to share your thoughts, if you wish to. You’ll also be given a tip sheet. It will have simple exercises and information to help you try your new strategies at home.

The parenting program you can do from the comfort of your own home. For 12 months, get all the tips, strategies and knowledge of the Triple P – Positive Parenting Program. Call 1-800-660-5853 for your own no-cost code.

Meet privately with a trained facilitator to learn strategies to deal with one or two parenting challenges. There can be up to 4 sessions to discuss the issue, come up with a parenting plan, and try it out at home.

An informal group session lasting around 90 minutes. A trained facilitator will introduce a variety of Triple P parenting strategies. You will get some great ideas to take home and try out with your family. There is time at the end for your questions.

All you want to know about parenting in a group setting. You’ll get up to 4 group sessions with other parents, a few weeks to practice at home, and telephone support from your Triple P provider.

This is a parenting program for divorced or separated parents. You will learn new ways to help protect your child – and yourself – from the fallout from a family split. It is offered in a group setting over 5 sessions.

For other Triple P programs, including one-to-one support, call 1-800-660-5853 and ask to speak with the Triple P program.

Check out the Clinics & Classes page to find a Triple P program near you.

Getting Ready for Parenting Booklet

The Getting Ready for Parenting Booklet gets you thinking through the idea of parenting before you even become pregnant. If you are already expecting a baby, it will help you prepare for your journey into parenthood.

Healthy Babies, Healthy Children

The Healthy Babies Healthy Children Program is a no cost, voluntary home visiting program for families in Ontario with children up to age 6 years. For more information visit our Healthy Babies Health Children section of the website.

Parenting Supports

Here is a complete listing of groups and services for parenting support offered in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark.

Canada Learning Bond

The Government of Canada can help you save in a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP). The Canada Learning Bond is $500 to help you start to save now for your child’s education. Your child could get $100 every year until he or she turns 15 years of age to a maximum of $2000. This money can be used for full-time or part-time studies in: apprenticeship programs; CEGEPs; colleges; trade schools; or universities. Your child is eligible to receive the Canada Learning Bond if: he or she was born after December 31, 2003; and you receive the National Child Benefit Supplement under the Canada Child Tax Benefit.

To register for the Canada Learning Bond in Leeds and Grenville, you can visit this website.

If you are in Lanark, you can register for the Canada Learning Bond here.

You can also call 1-800-622-6232 for more information.

Emotional Health

Postpartum Depression (PPD) is depression that happens during pregnancy or within the first year after having a baby. The most common risk factors are:

  • Depression or anxiety during pregnancy
  • Family history of a mood disorder
  • Past history of depression or other mood disorder
  • Stressful life event
  • Lack of support

Some signs and symptoms may include:

  • Being sad or tearful
  • Feeling exhausted but unable to sleep
  • Changes in eating or sleeping pattern
  • Feeling overwhelmed, hopeless, frustrated, anxious, restless, irritable or angry

It is important that woman seek help if they are having symptoms. Talk to your health care provider or a public health nurse about your feelings. Many women find counselling or joining a support group helpful. Other people may need to consider medication.

Some things you can do to take care of yourself include:

  • Rest
  • Eat well
  • Be physically active
  • Accept help from others

For resources and support in your community visit the Parenting Supports in Leeds, Grenville and Lanark referral map. If you would like to speak with a Public Health Nurse please call 1-800-660-5853.