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Fostering healthy infant-parent attachment
Fostering healthy infant-parent attachment

Parent-child attachment—the emotional bond between you and your child—begins right after birth and continues for the rest of your lives. Here are some tips to help you build a healthy foundation of attachment with your baby.

Getting access to affordable food
Getting access to affordable food

Families in Greater Sudbury can tap into a variety of programs to ensure they have access to enough healthy food.

Getting financial help for your child with special needs
Getting financial help for your child with special needs

If you have a child with special needs, you know better than most that you’re faced with a lot of extra costs. Fortunately, there’s help.

 

Getting help through counselling
Getting help through counselling

Counselling can help you and your family deal with all kinds of life situations. It can help families through difficult times that follow a separation or divorce, the death of a friend or family member, the loss of a job, or moving to a new school or new community.

Getting help when your child is sick

If your child is in urgent need of medical care, call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest hospital.If you’re not facing an emergency situation, you may want to look at your health care options.

Getting help with adoption

Adopting a child is a lifelong commitment. The Government of Ontario has information to help you better understand every step of the adoption process. 

Getting help with parenting

Whether your child is 12-months-old or 12-years-old, you probably want to be the best parent ever. Triple P—the Positive Parenting Program—can help you get there by developing strategies to deal with behaviour issues, or better still, prevent them from occurring in the first place.

Getting help with the basic necessities

If your family needs help getting your hands on some of the basic necessities of life such as clothing, shoes, furniture, strollers, car seats and school supplies, see our list of organizations and thrift shops in our community that offer items for free, or at a low cost.

Getting help with your housing costs

For most families, housing costs represent the single largest slice of the family budget. So, for lots of people, finding affordable housing is a must.

Getting school-aged kids to eat right
Getting school-aged kids to eat right

School-aged kids should be eating a variety of foods every day from all the food groups in Canada's food Guide. For lots of ideas about healthy eating, have a look at this website hosted by the Dietitians of Canada. Read more...

Monday October 22
Getting the respite help you need, when you need it

Respite support is a term that refers to the temporary help that’s provided to parents and family members who care for a child with a developmental or physical disability - the kind of help that offers temporary relief from the physical and emotional demands that go along with this kind of care.

Getting toddlers and preschoolers to eat right
Getting toddlers and preschoolers to eat right

Toddlers and preschoolers should be eating a variety of foods every day from each of the food groups listed in the Canada's Food Guide. What’s more, they should be eating regularly - around the same time each day - three meals and two or three snacks, two or three hours apart.

Helping bilingual families decide which language to speak at home
Helping bilingual families decide which language to speak at home

In many Greater Sudbury families, parents grew up speaking different languages. If you’re one of these parents, you may be wondering whether you should be teaching your children both languages, and if so, how.
 

Helping infants and children sleep well and sleep safe
Tuesday November 6
Helping infants and children sleep well and sleep safe

Sleep is important to infant and child development and health. Without the proper amount of sleep, infants and children are more likely to have difficulties throughout the day. And, ironically, they'll have trouble settling down to sleep at night, too. Sleep is one of the most asked-about topics for new parents. This guide for parents of infants from 0-12 months, provides everything you need to know to help your baby Sleep Well, Sleep Safe

Helping kids transition into their teens
Helping kids transition into their teens

Parents and guardians who are hoping to raise independent and responsible teens want what’s best for their kids. Knowing what kinds of changes to expect, and knowing how to communicate effectively can help parents help their children navigate the uncertain waters of becoming a teen.

Helping kids who are struggling in school
Monday October 22
Helping kids who are struggling in school

Is your child learning at a pace that’s right for his or her age group? Here are some learning milestones to help you decide if your child needs additional attention.

Helping moms have healthy babies
Helping moms have healthy babies

Preparing for your baby’s birth is perhaps one of the most important things you will ever do. Prenatal classes and supports are available in Sudbury to help you prepare for the birth of your child.

Helping to safeguard your child’s Aboriginal culture
Helping to safeguard your child’s Aboriginal culture

Respect for diversity begins at home, with a healthy appreciation of one’s own culture. If you or your children are First Nations, Métis or Inuit, here are some ideas to help ensure your children retain their cultural identity.
 

Helping your baby or toddler learn to speak and communicate
Monday October 22
Helping your baby or toddler learn to speak and communicate

You’re the most important person in your child’s life, so it stands to reason you have a vital role to play in helping your child learn words and language. It should begin right after your child’s birth.

Helping your child learn when your first language is neither English nor French
Helping your child learn when your first language is neither English nor French

If you’re part of a family where one or both parents have neither English nor French as a first language, it can be hard to know which language is best to speak at home in order to prepare you child for school. 

 

This content was prepared and reviewed by the City of Greater Sudbury and its partners. However, it should not take the place of advice from your health care provider or other professionals working with you and your child. 

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