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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

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Follow us on social media @positiveparentinglg for parenting tips and upcoming parenting sessions. For more information, call 1-800-660-5853 (local number) or email [email protected]. Parenting matters!

Triple P

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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.

Because all families are different, Triple P has a range of available parenting sessions. Choose from individual or group sessions that are offered in-person, virtually or work at your own pace on-line. Visit the Triple P Parenting website for more information and to find parenting sessions that work for you. For the Triple P Online program and local individual parenting support at no-cost, call 1-800-660-5853 (local number) or email [email protected].

Getting Ready for Parenting

A Healthy Start for Baby and Me 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, you can visit this website.

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, extension 2467.