Family Care Office Workshops

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Working and Caring for Kids While Social Distancing


Living Life to the Full Program
Dates & Times: Thursdays, June 11, 18, 25, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and August 6 from 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: This course will be on-line; the zoom meeting link will be emailed to you before June 11

It’s Okay to Not Be Okay: Managing Parenting Pressures During a Pandemic
Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

Living Life to the Full Program for Caregivers
Dates & Times:
Thursdays, May 14 (12:00 p.m. – 2: 00 p.m.)
May 21, 28, June 4, 11, 18, 25, July 9 (12:00 – 1:30 pm)
Location: This discussion group will likely be on-line. Once we have more details, you will be contacted.

May 15: Online Chat for Current and Prospective Student Parents
Date: Friday, May 15, 2020
Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Online (link will be emailed)

Elder Care: Parenting Your Parents
Date: Tuesday, May 19, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

Resilience 101
Date: Tuesday, May 26, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: The webinar link will be shared with you via email prior to the session start time.

Pregnancy and Parental Leave Planning Seminar for Postdoctoral Fellows in CUPE Local 3902 (Unit 5)
Date: Monday, July 6, 2020
Time: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Location: Online or other suitable arrangement. If your session is hosted online, you will receive a webinar link prior to the workshop.

Fall Orientation

Orientation for Students with Family Responsibilities 2020
Date: Saturday, September 26, 2020
Time: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Location: TBD

The Family Care Office invites incoming and current students with family responsibilities to Orientation 2020!

Start building your support networks and learn how to be proactive and prepared so you can successfully navigate your degree while caring for others:

• Meet other students with family responsibilities and university staff
• Learn about services and resources on campus
• Discover strategies and insights from current students with family responsibilities on how to adjust to university life

Stay tuned, the Family Care Office will be updating our website with upcoming details about the orientation.

Registration required. All incoming & returning U of T students with family responsibilities are welcome.

Visit the Family Care Office website for details.


Become a Family Care Office Peer Mentor!

We are looking for students with family responsibilities (children or caring for a loved one) who have been at U of T for at least one year and can share their practical skills on how to better integrate studies and family life. Peer mentors will receive Co-Curricular Record recognition. Training will be provided. Interested students are asked to fill out and submit the application form found on the Family Care Office Peer Mentorship Program page.

External Events

Parenting in a pandemic

We’ve asked a few experts to join us to talk about parenting in quarantine, specifically: how to deal with disappointment in the age of COVID-19 (dun, dun, duuuun). From cancelled family trips to questions about camp to celebrating their birthdays without friends, kids are dealing with so much disappointment and confusion right now. How should you handle it? How much should you tell them? Tune in for advice on managing your little ones’ expectations while we all weather this unprecedented storm.

When: Friday, May 8, 2020, 2pm to 3pm EDT

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