Dec
12
9:00 AM09:00

SEPARATION ANXIETY & TEACHING INDEPENDENCE

Karen Brown, ECE

Parents envision independent, self-assured children, but then reality sets in and our kids cling to our pant legs and cry when we leave the room. Do you want to learn how to deal with separation anxiety?

Karen Brown is an Early Childhood Educator with training in Assistance to Infancy and the Montessori method, and has over 20 years experience working with young children. Karen will be leading a discussion related to separation anxiety and teaching independence. She will provide advice on how parents can help build trust so that their child feels confident and secure in their environment without fear of abandonment.

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Dec
19
9:00 AM09:00

HOLIDAY SOCIAL

Kick back and relax with your fellow MOMS for an hour or so and take a well-deserved break from prepping and planning for the upcoming holiday season.  It's a great chance to enjoy a hot coffee or cup of tea, while your wee one plays happily with friends supervised by our amazing babysitting team.

You deserve a break and some adult conversation.  Come and join us!

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Dec
5
9:00 AM09:00

FOSTERING A LOVE OF NATURE IN YOUR KIDS

Cam Collyer, Executive Director of Programs, Evergreen Brick Works

Where do our kids play today? The same places as their parents did as children? Do they roam freely? Are you worried about the trends? Childhood is swiftly moving indoors, supervised, sedentary and with a strong dose of screen time – it's an international phenomena and a cause of great concern to the health, education and planning fields. Come and hear some inspired examples of what communities, schools and parents are doing in response, to create places and programs that are nurturing for children and good for their communities.

Cam Collyer is the Executive Director of Programs at Evergreen, developing Evergreen’s evolving national suite of programs that connect people, natural and the built world to make cities flourish. Since joining Evergreen in 1997, Cam developed Evergreen’s national award-winning school ground greening program into an international leader in the field and developed the award-winning suite of children’s programs at Evergreen Brick Works.

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Nov
28
9:00 AM09:00

WHAT'S YOUR PERSONAL MOTTO?

Lily Ma, Speaker, Coach, and TEDx Presenter

Your One Word is your single most important core value defined by you, once you discover what that core value is, you know what you stand for as a human being, then you can engineer a life with meaning and purpose. With thought-provoking questions and inspiring, instructive examples, this talk will help you nail down your personal motto - the word that captures your purpose and passion. You will also learn how to apply Your One Word to the following areas: Family & Motherhood, Daily Routine, Work. With this operating philosophy in hand, you will then learn how to leverage this powerful tool to create the life of your dreams. - Lily Ma

Lily Ma is a high performance coach specializing in entrepreneurship and personal development through one-on- one coaching, live events, and workshops. She has helped companies worldwide in implementing value-based leadership strategies. Lily also brings over a decade of merchandising and e-commerce experience. She currently works with Evan Carmichael as a business consultant helping entrepreneurs build #Extraordinary businesses and is a featured thought leader on his YouTube Channel which gets almost 6 million views per month. She resides in Toronto, Canada with her husband, Michael.

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Nov
21
9:00 AM09:00

POSTPARTUM FITNESS AND REHABILITATION

Meg MacPherson Morine, BScKin, MScPT, Owner Phit Physiotherapy

Having trouble recognizing your postpartum body? Why does everything hurt when you run around the block? Will you ever jump again? Join us on Tuesday, November 21 and find out how to treat your postpartum body with the care it deserves. Meg MacPherson Morine, MOMS member, mom of three and owner of Phit Physiotherapy will lead an interactive discussion on postpartum fitness / rehabilitation.

Meg MacPherson Morine is the owner of Phit Physiotherapy. She has the highest qualification as an orthopaedic physiotherapist, neurofunctional acupuncturist and Pilates instructor. She focused her career on Sports Medicine rehabilitation, specifically working with endurance athletes - being a triathlete and marathon runner herself. However, she was completely humbled by the experience of becoming a mother. Having three children in less than two years, she was blown away by the toll it took on her body and the incredible rehabilitation experience to follow. The lack of support and proper information about the process was shocking and she took it on as a personal mission to spread the word about functional recovery following pregnancy and delivery. She feels passionate about women's health, especially getting new moms back to activity safely and effectively. 

Meg loves connecting with other Moms and creating a supportive environment for all women to feel empowered to regain connection and control of their bodies. She looks forward to chatting with you and answering all of your postpartum questions! 

You can find out more about Meg on Instagram: @phitphysiomeg or on her website: www.phitphysiotherapy.com

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Nov
14
9:00 AM09:00

WINTER HAIR? I CARE!

Brittani, Thair Hair Boutique & Spa

Brittani will share some strategies to help you keep your hair and skin beautiful during the winter, tips for looking great in a rush, how to treat your hair after baby and when/what to do with haircuts for kids.

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Nov
7
9:00 AM09:00

HEARSAY SPEECH & HEARING CENTRE

Samantha Lewis, Speech and Language Pathologist

Let's talk, talk, talk. On November 7th, Samantha Lewis, a speech language pathologist from HearSay Speech and Hearing Centre will join our group to tell us more about:

- Milestones (focusing on birth-age 3) for speech, language, social communication and play
- Red flags in communication and when to seek help
- Ways parents can promote early language development
- Myths and facts about early exposure to 2 or more languages

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Oct
31
9:00 AM09:00

WIFE OF A GROCER: FEEDING YOUR FAMILY

Candra Reynolds, Food Blogger, Co-Owner Summerhill Market

Are you scrambling to make dinner every night?  Are you wasting food?  You're not alone!  On Tuesday, Candra Reynolds, food blogger and Summerhill Market co-owner will provide tips on proper meal planning, meal suggestions that your kids will actually eat and how to make produce stretch the whole week!

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Oct
24
9:00 AM09:00

STRATEGIES FOR RETURNING BACK TO WORK OR MAKING A CAREER CHANGE

Amanda Bassin, CPA, CA

Amanda is a Mom by night, day and everything in between! She's also an awesome recruiter, coach, friend and wife!

Amanda Bassin, CPA, CA, works to help companies find the right talent. With personal experience working in Audit, Advisory (KPMG LLP) and in Executive Search, she has sourced a broad range of talent for a variety of industries ranging from financial and professional services to telecommunications and insurance.

So what does this mean for us moms?

She coaches moms. She coaches husbands' of moms. She helps people clarify what they want to do, she inspires people, is spunky and known for being real. She DOESN'T find people jobs, she helps people figure out how to strategize and find meaningful work for themselves. She uses her knowledge of the industry to answer questions like "how do I have a career and still be a mom?" "Will I lose out on my job if I take four years off?' and so on.

Amanda is energetic and excited and likes to invent creative solutions for solving problems. She is jazzed to speak to all of us as a member of the group and respects that us moms do the Hardest Job In The World.

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Oct
17
9:00 AM09:00

UNDERSTANDING THE GOALS OF MISBEHAVIOUR

Catherine Ciardulli, RECE, Programming Director, North Toronto Early Years Learning Centre

Are you pulling at your hair trying to understand your child's "misbehaviour"?

Catherine Ciardulli will join us to lead a talk/workshop about Understanding the Goals of Misbehaviour. Catherine is a Registered Early Childhood Educator and Programming Director at the North Toronto Early Years Learning Centre. Her school implements a "Positive Education" approach, teaching social-emotional skills alongside academic skills, and is located in the Yonge/Lawrence area.

Misbehaviour is a strategy used by children to communicate that they are experiencing a social problem. Because young children do not have the life skills to communicate this, they use their body, words and behaviour. Once we understand what is motivating a child to misbehave we can start to help the child achieve their goal through a positive means. This workshop will explore the goals of misbehaviour and how to help children develop the intrinsic motivation to want to cooperate.

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Oct
3
9:00 AM09:00

POSTPARTUM MENTAL HEALTH

Dr. Nina Mafrici and Dr. Michelle Foster, Toronto Psychology & Wellness Group Clinic Co-Directors

Have you struggled emotionally or mentally after having a baby? What's the difference between the baby blues and post-partum depression? What about all those hormones?

Join us for some self-care that is all about you.

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Dr. Nina Mafrici, Ph.D., C. Psych, Psychologist and Dr. Michele Foster, Ph.D., C. Psych Clinic Co-Director, Psychologist will lead a discussion on post-partum mental health in a judgement free space.

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Sep
26
9:00 AM09:00

POST-BABY RELATIONSHIPS

Are you desperate to get some advice from other Moms on how to have fun with your partner again, manage overbearing in-laws or stay connected with your single friends after you've had a baby?

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.

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Sep
19
9:00 AM09:00

SLEEP, BABY. SLEEP.

Kim Sopman, Rest Easy Sleep Consulting.

Zzzzz.... many parents, both new and more experienced, have challenges getting their kids to sleep. Kim Sopman, a certified sleep consultant, a certified HUG Your Baby teacher and a member of the International Association of Child Sleep Consultants will be come to discuss common concerns, and provide advice and strategies.

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http://www.resteasysleepconsulting.ca/index.html

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Sep
12
9:00 AM09:00

FALL SOCIAL

Interested in MOMS?  Come check us out!  Join us for our Fall Social to kick off the year.  Get a tour of our space, find out about our upcoming speakers, meet our fabulous babysitting team, enjoy some coffee and treats, and meet some other MOMS!

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Jun
13
9:45 AM09:45

BETTER STYLED WITH ERIN NADLER

 

Toronto-born and raised, Erin Nadler has been around the fashion industry her entire life. As the third generation of a women’s apparel manufacturing family, Erin’s interest in fashion began during discussions on fabric, fit and finishing’s around the family dinner table. Recognizing her keen interest, her father encouraged Erin to learn about the family business.  Through frequent visits, Erin became friends with the designers and seamstresses, learning the trade from the ground up.

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Jun
6
9:45 AM09:45

MEDITATION & MINDFULNESS - CATHERINE COWAN

Catherine Cowan is the founder of The Holistic Way, a yoga teacher, mindfulness guru, healer, coach, optimist and mama to 3 children (plus a dog). She will joing us to speak to us about the value of mindfulness and how it can help us adjust to the changes that motherhood brings, including self-identity, relationships and our bodies.

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May
30
9:45 AM09:45

PRE AND POST-NATAL CHIROPRACTIC CARE- DR. VANITA BALI

Pre and Post-Natal Chiropractic Care- Dr. Vanita Bali

Dr. Vanita Bali has been a chiropractor for the last 16 years. She went to the University of Western Ontario and graduated with a Bsc. in Biology with a minor in Zoology. She then attended the National College of Chiropractic in Chicago, where she earned her Doctorate in Chiropractic and Health Sciences. Upon her return to Canada she worked in various clinical settings specializing in musculoskeletal issues, rehabilitation, acupuncture and pre and post natal care. Her company is called Bodyworks Physiotherapy and its locations are in the east end of the city. 

Outside of the office Dr Bali has a passion for sports, traveling and yoga. Most of the time though she is running around chasing her 2.5 and 5 year old kids, and her hubby!

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May
23
9:45 AM09:45

ENERGIZING MOM- MONICA BODURKA

Boost your Energy Naturally What would your life be like with an abundance of energy and vitality? What simple lifestyle habits can you implement to feel better, look better and show up as your best? Join Monica Bodurka, Certified International Health Coach, for a discussion about how to boost your energy naturally; learn questions to ask your doctor, and receive a simple guide to kick mommy fatigue for good. Bio Monica Bodurka, MBA, Certified International Health Coach As a holistic health enthusiast and leadership & executive development specialist, Monica provides health & wellness workshops and coaching for both individuals and organizations. She specializes in helping busy individuals prioritize their health and wellness in the face of today’s hyper-scheduled, 24/7, competitive work environment. Using a highly personalized approach, combined with a curriculum of nutrition, lifestyle adjustments and mindfulness, Monica enables her clients to create sustainable habits that translate to greater health, productivity and overall happiness. To learn more please visit Monica’s Web site: www.healthytothrive.com

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May
16
9:45 AM09:45

MODELLING GOOD EATING HABITS, CHILDHOOD OBESITY- KELSEY GALLAGHER

Kelsey Gallagher is a Registered Dietitian (RD) at SickKids Hospital. She graduated from The University of Western Ontario with a degree in Food and Nutritional Sciences and completed her dietetic internship at SickKids Hospital in 2011. For the past 6 years Kelsey has been working in a variety of areas throughout the hospital including: General Pediatrics, Haematology/Oncology, Nephrology, Gastroenterology, Cardiology, Hepatology & Nutrition and most recently in the obesity management program (STOMP program). Through her work, Kelsey has developed a keen interest in promoting the formation of healthy nutrition habits in children from birth to adulthood

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Apr
25
9:45 AM09:45

MATH LITERACY- SARAH HUNTER

MATH LITERACY- SARAH HUNTER

From Moms & Money last week to Newborns & Numbers this week!  Sarah Hunter, OCT and TDSB Educator will join us for a discussion on helping develop numeracy skills in our children from an early age.  She will highlight some of her favourite math picture books, share some games and activities you could be playing with your kids, discuss the importance of math talk and numbers in the everyday environment.

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Apr
18
9:45 AM09:45

FINANCES FOR MOMS AND FAMILIES-ELAINE YONG, CFA, CFP

Elaine has well over twenty years of experience in the financial services industry.  She has held positions in portfolio management, wealth management, mutual fund wholesaling, full service brokerage, and personal banking.  As an Investment Counselor she is responsible for the investment management needs of high net worth individuals in the Greater Toronto North area.  

Prior to joining BMO Private Bank, Elaine worked with UBS Wealth Management as an Associate Director and AGF Funds as a Business Development Manager.  She also previously held positions at HSBC Securities as an investment associate and Scotiabank as a personal banker.  Elaine graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree concentrating in Finance.  She is a CFA charter holder and currently a member of the Toronto CFA Society.  Elaine also holds a CFP designation (Certified Financial Planner).  She lives in North Toronto with her husband and two young kids.  

 

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Apr
11
9:45 AM09:45

FROM MATERNITY LEAVE TO MEETINGS: LIFE AFTER YEAR 1- ASHLEIGH FRANKEL

From Maternity Leave to Meetings: Life After Year 1

From Mat Leave to Meetings - whether we are going back to work for an employer, working for ourselves, or working for our baby bosses, the shift from maternity leave to this next phase can be a challenging one. Mamas do a fantastic job of transitioning their children for the change, but often forget to work on a transition plan for themselves. In this interactive talk, transformational leadership coach, Ashleigh Frankel, will be sharing strategies to ease the transition and identify the opportunities around the obstacles. Ashleigh Frankel is a life leadership coach and applied mindfulness specialist whose practice focuses on supporting women to develop the internal resources to thrive and be their brilliance. Ashleigh is an Adler International trained coach, a certified positive psychology coach.  She has received her certificate in Applied Mindfulness & Mindfulness Meditation from the University of Toronto. 

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Apr
4
9:45 AM09:45

TURNING YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY CHAOS INTO KEEPSAKE YEARBOOKS-EMILY D

TURNING YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY CHAOS INTO KEEPSAKE YEARBOOKS YOUR KIDS WILL TREASURE- EMILY D PHOTOGRAPHY

 

I’m Emily. A Toronto-based portrait photographer who spends a great deal of time capturing families and businesses.

When I photograph families, they often tell me that my images are the only images that will ever make it into print – because they’re simply too overwhelmed by the volume and backlog of their personal photos to do anything with them. Luckily, I'm in the same boat. I'm a Mom to two small kids and have an iphone at the ready for alllllllllllllll of those sweet moments.

Back in our parents’ day, photographs were taken sparingly and treated carefully, because they were expensive to produce. But now, we take SO many photos of our kids… with zero plan for what to do with them. So they end up in an ever-growing online abyss – and nobody gets to enjoy them.

What I know is that it’s not as hard as you think it is to make sense of your photos and use them to create meaningful keepsake albums for your children. So I’m going to teach you how to do it – whether you’ve got a newborn, or a 10 year-old and a decade worth of photos to tackle.

During our session I will bring lots of book examples and a handy guide that will allow you to make your books at home. I"ll discuss ways to cull your images and help you cut to the chase and finally get those books made and printed once and for all.

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Mar
28
9:45 AM09:45

KIDDIE PROOFERS- DAVID DRUTZ

Join us on Tues Mar 28 to hear Dave Drutz from Kiddieproofers talk about everything you need to know about keeping your child safe at home and on the road. From car seats to safety tips for your home and everything in between, Dave, who has over 25 years experience in the business, brings his tips and insight to our Moms. You won't want to miss this session. Come with your questions.

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Mar
7
9:45 AM09:45

DEALING WITH TANTRUMS- SARAH ROSENSWEET

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DEALING WITH TANTRUMS- SARAH ROSENSWEET

Sarah Rosensweet is a peaceful parenting coach and educator. She lives in Toronto with her husband and three big kids (ages 9, 12, and 16). Sarah teaches parents a non-punitive, connection-based approach that uses firm limits with lots of empathy. Sarah is an API certified parenting educator and is certified by Dr. Laura Markham as an Aha! Peaceful Parenting Coach. Find her at sarahrosensweet.com.  Sarah will give a brief presentation about why children melt down and how and why to keep your calm when your child is losing it followed by a discussion and Q and A.

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Feb
28
9:45 AM09:45

WHOLEPLAY FAMILY SERVICES- MARY ELIZABETH PICHER

WHOLEPLAY FAMILY SERVICES- MARY ELIZABETH PICHER

Mary Elizabeth (“M.E.”) Picher is the co-founder and educational director of Wholeplay Family Services Inc. Wholeplay provides enriching activities and quality information to parents and young children during those all-important first years of development. In addition to Wholeplay’s signature “Hoots” play & development classes for parents with babies and toddlers, Wholeplay offers individualized support to parents struggling with common issues related to early childhood, such as: Sleep training, toilet training, positive discipline, picky eating, transitioning to daycare/school and more.

M.E. has a MA in counselling psychology, a MEd in developmental psychology, and is currently earning her PhD in developmental psychology and education with a focus on early learning. M.E. has over ten years of experience working with parents with children of all ages and will be speaking to the North Toronto MOMS group about sleep training babies and toddlers.

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Feb
21
9:45 AM09:45

ESTATES + WILLS- SUSANNAH ROTH

Susannah Roth, a partner with O'Sullivan Estate Lawyers, will discuss the importance of having a proper will and powers of attorney, as well as some key considerations that we need to make in order to have an effective plan in place for our families when the unexpected occurs.

 Susannah's practice has focused on trusts and estates law since her call to the bar.  She has many years’ experience in estate planning (including wills, powers of attorney, insurance and testamentary trusts), estate administration (including advising attorneys and guardians of property, executors, administrators and beneficiaries, and real estate transfers and rectification) and estate litigation.

O'Sullivan Estate Lawyers was named one of Canada's "Top 5 Trusts & Estates Law Boutiques" by Canadian Lawyer in 2012.

Susannah graduated from McGill University with an Honours B.A. in English Literature, and from Queen's University with a LL.B. She was called to the bar in Ontario in 2002, and her practice has focused on wills, trusts, estates and estate administration since her call.

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