Alyson is one of Canada’s most notable parenting experts. She is a family therapist with a clinical practice in Toronto, and has penned 3 best-selling parenting books; Breaking the Good Mom Myth, Honey, I Wrecked The Kids, and Ain’t Misbehavin’.
She is the resident parenting expert on such popular shows as; The Marilyn Denis Show, Global Morning, The Parenting Show, CBC radio. She is also the resident parenting expert for HuffPost Canada. Alyson delivers her deep insights in ways that today's busy parents can easily understand and immediately apply. She promotes a firm but friendly "democratic parenting" style, and offers practical solutions backed by extensive research and 20 years of working with families.
And here is a summary of “Morning Madness”:
For many families, morning time is one of the hardest parts of the day. Kids' dawdle, parents nag and yell. Drops off can be tear-filled and we start our day feeling badly. In this session, Alyson will help parents pull together a morning schedule that will create harmony, co-operation and develop independence in our children.
Are you interested in learning about chronic disease prevention for women? How about how exercise can improve the health for not one, but two, generations? Dr. Karen Fleming will speak about these topics and more! Dr. Fleming is an assistant professor with the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. She is also the division lead for Family Medicine Obstetrics and the Chief Department of Family and Community Medicine at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre. https://sunnybrook.ca/team/member.asp?m=722
We are Deborah Aber and Vandna Sharma of Little Pearls Pediatric Dentistry. We look forward to speaking with you about how to care for your child’s teeth from birth to adolescence. Good oral health is inherently tied in with overall health. We will cover topics such as best practices for hygiene, diet recommendations, and trauma prevention. As Pediatric Dentists, we aim to provide a dental home where kids can feel comfortable to come and enjoy taking care of their teeth. We will answer any questions you may have about your child’s first visit to the dentist. Please visit our website to learn more about us and our practice: https://littlepearls.ca/
What is the Reggio Emilia approach and how can we be Reggio-inspired at home?
Learn more about the popular Reggio Emilia philosophy that comes from a small town in Northern Italy and why it has inspired educators worldwide. Discover the TransformEd Creative Studio and Learning Centre in Ontario, and how some of this Italian approach has influenced me with my own children at home. Gain some ideas to try too!
BIO: Joanne Marie Babalis is a mom to an infant, and preschooler who is also a Reggio Emilia inspired kindergarten teacher, Early Childhood Education consultant, PhD student, and kindergarten additional qualification course instructor at York University. She is passionate about the early years, specifically designing spaces that inspire inquiry-based learning and creative innovation for twenty-first century learners. Her blog, “TransformEd: Transforming our Learning Environment into a Space of Possibilities” www.myclassroomtransformation.blogspot.ca and Instagram @joannebabalis continue to reach educators throughout Canada and beyond. Each post makes visible the power of inquiry, as well as the strong potential of young children. Joanne recently opened up the TransformEd Creative Studio and Learning Centre in Woodbridge, Ontario for children birth to age eight to attend with their families.
This talk will cover a variety of topics such as how to take better photos with your phone, easy ways to display and print your photos (including the use of apps) and how to capture candid moments and avoid “cheesy” smiles. Feel free to bring along your camera and any questions, as there will be time for Q&A. Kira is a family and newborn photographer who loves to capture authentic connections. She is obsessed with beautiful light, candid moments and creative perspectives. Her photography style is Lifestyle, which is a hybrid between documentary photography and more classic portraiture. When she is not taking pictures, you can find her chasing after her two rambunctious (but cute) kids, exploring her neighbourhood of Leslieville in Toronto, or dreaming about a lazy summer afternoon at the family cottage. https://www.kiranoelphotography.com/
Nutrition Tips for Busy Moms: Join us for a super-practical info session on how to survive (and thrive!) through the busy days of family life!-- from start to finish! Susan Baker, nutrition speaker, and Kristin Ciotola, health enthusiast, will share meal ideas, snacks, food prep & planning tips. Come with your own ideas to add!
It’s almost a month away from Christmas and the pressure’s on to find the perfect gift for all the little ones in your life! Come find out what are the hottest toys for different age groups from our neighborhood toy store!
Toytown is the oldest independent toy store in Toronto; established over 55 years ago. Toytown has always been a family run, family oriented store. for more details
Come join us for our 2nd Break Out Session of the year to talk about kids' Behaviour! What are your kids doing that makes you want to tear your hair out? What was your latest "Mommy win", when your kept your cool against all odds? Have you read any good parenting books lately? Please join us for a conversation on all things behaviour - related! Looking forward to another great discussion!
Smithery is an e-boutique and by-appointment studio that helps women shop their shape. They curate the most flattering cuts for each body shape and model the clothes on REAL women representing different shapes and sizes. When they come in, they will be teaching us about the different shapes (no more fruit!), what to look for when you're shopping, and stylist tips and tricks on how to dress for your shape. They'll offer to take your measurements on the spot as well as be giving out free style sessions to all attendees for a future use ($20 value). https://smitherystyle.com/
Do you have mommy guilt? Are you tired of feeling like you're doing something wrong and looking for a different approach? Want all the good stuff that comes with being a mom, minus the negative thoughts? This weeks speaker, Isabel Starck, is an Empowerment Coach, who assists women to enable themselves through mindset and taking action in pursuing their dreams. As a mom, former VP for large companies, and an entrepreneur, Isabel has felt it all! Now she helps others move through mindsets that hold them back to make more inspired choices and build better lives. Please join us for Isabel's presentation and to learn how to overcome your own mommy guilt.
Are you interested in learning how to improve the sleep of your baby or toddler? Come learn about the foundations of healthy sleep from Shana Brandes, a certified pediatric sleep consultant. She'll cover helpful tips and ways of understanding how sleep science works so that everyone can start getting more sleep!
Shana Brandes is the founder and sleep expert behind Shluff (shluffsleep.com). She's a proud mom to 3 boys, a Registered Nurse practicing in the area of women's health and a Certified Paediatric Sleep Consultant through the Family Sleep Institute. Sleep is a universal need and she's thrilled to be able to provide support and guidance to anyone worldwide.
Fuel up with Anti-Aging Secrets and True Mommy Fuel- Hormone Health, Antioxidants, and Friendly Fat!
Dr. Tara Campbell is founder of Higher Health Naturopathic Centre & IV Lounge, located at 7 Yonge Blvd (right across from Loblaws). Dr. Tara Campbell is founder of Higher Health Naturopathic Centre & IV Lounge, located kitty corner to Loblaws; the yellow healing house. Born and raised in Toronto and Barrie, Ontario; a natural athlete, marathon runner, ashtanga yogi, and holistic foodie, Tara developed a passion for wellness and active living early on.
Tara graduated from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario with a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Psychology and Health. As a part time job through University, Tara obtained her Personal Training Certification and worked closely with her clients to maximize their fitness and health. Wanting to be of even more service to her clients, Tara went on complete the four-year Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine program at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, followed by additional training and licensing in Intravenous Vitamin Therapy. It's the hottest lounge in town!
Bringing together her education in naturopathic medicine, her degree in psychology and health, her extensive fitness and sport background, her love for micronutrients, and most importantly, her life's passion for wellness and connecting with others, Tara in unstoppable on her mission to improve the health and vitality of her communities.
Dharshini Chanderbhan, MA, RP, is the Clinical Director and a psychotherapist at Chanderbhan Counselling Services. Using an integrated and culturally sensitive approach, she works with women and men suffering from abuse and trauma, anger management issues, depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, stress management, post-traumatic stress, marital issues, and relationship issues. Her practice promotes overall mental health and wellness.
In addition to her clinical practice, she also supervises and trains therapists, counsellors, clinicians and students in clinical practice and psychotherapeutic treatments and approaches.
Sabra has been a personal trainer and fitness instructor since 2007. She co-owns and operates DS Fitness Studio with her husband Dan. Together they strive to accommodate and motivate all levels of fitness enthusiasts. As a mother of two, Sabra has a special interest in working with Pre and Post Natal women. She understands first hand how challenging it is to balance exercise, proper nutrition, and sleep while working and being a dedicated mom. The Mom and Baby circuit class at DS Fitness is an opportunity for Mom and Baby to connect through exercise in a fun nurturing and supportive environment. Each class will focus on elements of posture, balance, strength, endurance, and flexibility. www.dsfitness.ca
What relationship was most signifcantly impacted post-baby? Why? What do you want to improve? Come join us for a break out session on "relationships"! Bring your questions, concerns or grievances and be ready for lots of helpful hints and sympathetic ears from fellow moms.
Want to help your children manage stress in a constructive way? Reduce meltdowns, tantrums and anxiety? What about yourself? This week's speaker, Judy Reynolds, is a certified meditation instructor and mindfulness coach. She has studied with Dr Deepak Chopra and is in partnership with the Toronto District School Board bringing meditation and mindfulness to classrooms through her Monkey Mind training program.