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Top 10 Parenting Questions: Answered

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Whether you are a parent-to-be, first time parent, seasoned parent or are navigating the waters of helping your elderly parents, there are an endless amount of questions that arise every day.

Parenting is hard, but we’re here for you. York Region has programs and services to guide you along in your journey throughout all of the different ages and stages.

In celebration of Global Day of Parents on Friday, June 1, 2018, we have compiled a list of some of the most asked parenting questions we receive. Creating communities where parents feel supported throughout their journey, armed with the tools and guidance needed to feel prepared for any situation is our priority and we hope that this helps you feel like you are not alone – because you aren’t.

1.    My kids won’t eat! How can I expand their palates to include something other than buttered pasta and bananas?

You are not alone! Kids are notoriously picky eaters but that doesn’t mean they have to survive on non-nutritious food. Nutrition is key to health and York Region offers a range of nutrition programs, resource and services to promote healthy eating, access to healthy food and the development of supportive nutrition environments. Visit york.ca/nutrition for more information.

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2.    I’m pregnant with my first baby. I want to breastfeed when my baby is born. Who can I call to help? Are there any resources available for new moms?

Congratulations! What an exciting time for you. York Region provides information on pregnancy and breastfeeding as well as offers clinics and resources for parents who need support. Visit york.ca/prenatal for more information.

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3.    My wife hasn’t been acting like herself ever since our daughter was born 3 weeks ago. She is crying a lot, seems detached from us and isn’t eating or sleeping. Something isn’t right. What can I do to help her?

Having a baby isn’t easy. Asking for help is the right thing to do and we can help. York Region supports new mothers as they embark on their motherhood journey. For tools, supports, programs and information on mental health and wellness during pregnancy and parenthood, speak to a Public Health Nurse through Health Connection or a HCP provider.

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4.    I can’t get my kids to put their phones down! I need to get them outside breathing fresh air. Where can I take them to disconnect from technology?

Take a hike! Literally. York Region offers some of the lushest and most beautiful forests that Ontario has to offer and they are right there in our own backyard. Pack a reusable water bottle, put on some sun screen and bug repellant, add a sun hat and enjoy the afternoon. Visit york.ca/forestry and york.ca/trails for locations and details.

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5.      I’m worried about my son; he doesn’t appear to be hitting some of his milestones. His friends are all speaking in sentences but he is only saying Mamma and sometimes Dadda. He doesn’t make eye contact with us and he seems disinterested in toys. Who can I call to have him assessed?

Many parents have similar concerns. If you’re worried about your child’s development, York Region can help. We have a variety of programs in-home or in licensed child care settings to support families of children with special needs.  Services are available for children who live in York Region or attend licensed child care in York Region, are at risk due to prematurity, low birth weight or other birth complications, have delays in development or have a diagnosis such as autism. We offer child development screenings and assessments, individual program plans for your child, activities that teach your child new skills and promote development and much more. To find out how we can help, please visit our website york.ca/specialneeds or call the KIDS Line at 1-888-703-KIDS (5437).

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6.    Help! My kids have a PA day this Friday and I have no idea what to do with them. Is there anything going on in the Region?

Keeping them busy isn’t easy, is it? We understand! Luckily York Region has hundreds of activities, forests, trails, historic sites, amusement parks, shopping centres and beaches – all waiting for you to discover! Visit experienceyorkregion.com for more.

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7.     The roof on our house is falling apart and I’m getting concerned about the safety of our young children if we don’t get it fixed soon. Does York Region offer any grants for home repair?

Yes, York Region’s Home Repair Program offers grants of up to $7,500 per year with a lifetime maximum of $15,000 to low and moderate income homeowners who need modifications to make their homes accessible or critical repairs to improve the safety of their homes. Visit york.ca/homerepair to see if you are eligible.

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8.     My daycare fees are getting to be too much for me to afford and I don’t think I can keep my kids in the program any longer without getting some financial assistance. Does York Region offer financial support for child care? If so, how can I find out if I am eligible?

York Region helps eligible families pay for licensed child care and arranges payment directly with the child care provider. The subsidy that families can expect to receive is based on a provincial income test and whether the parent(s) is employed, enrolled in an education or training program or, in some cases, where there may be exceptional circumstances. Visit york.ca/childcaresubsidy for more information and how to apply. As a first step, you can call the KIDS Line at 1-888-703-KIDS (5437) for a pre-screening.

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9.     My parents are aging and I think they need more care than I can provide. I can’t be with them all the time. They are showing early signs of Alzheimer’s – do you have any programs that they can attend?

York Region offers meaningful and stimulating daily activities and exercise to meet the social, physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual needs of our clients in a safe and secure environment. Adult Day programs give participants the opportunity to socialize and offer caregivers support and respite. Trained, professional staff work closely with clients and caregivers to ensure the goals of the program are met. For more information on York Region’s Adult Day Programs, visit york.ca/adultdayprogram

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10.    My kids want more independence and have asked if they can start taking the bus to the mall with friends rather than having me drop them off. How can I help them find the easiest, most direct routes to where they want to go?

Independence is great for development. York Region Transit is proud to provide a safe and reliable service for all riders, including high school students, and offers a high school fare. Have you heard about the YRT Mobile App? Available for free, the app makes it easy for you to get real-time YRT/Viva service information on your mobile device. The app enables you to search by route, address or stop number as well as view service information for a specific stop, including the stop number, intersection, and scheduled and estimated arrival times, making it easy to navigate the Region, even for youngsters.

Do any of these sound familiar? Share your own parenting questions, stories and advice by tagging us on social media using the hashtag #loveyr - your entry could win you a York Region swag bag worth more than $50!




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