Parenting Bulletin

Parenting with a Disability Bulletin – Fall 2013: Volume 15, Issue 2

“One reason that parents can’t separate their child from a bad friend is that the friend often has a stronger relationship. When a child is young, his parents are the major influence in his life. As children enter adolescence a change occurs. A natural part of growing up is breaking away from parents and making bonds with peers. This is normal. If the parent child bond is healthy, children will eventually renew their ties with their parents. This happens in the late teens or early twenties. But throughout most of adolescence, a normal child is closer to his friends than his family.”

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Parenting with a Disability Bulletin – Spring/Summer 2013: Volume 15, Issue 1

“Biking is the most popular outdoor activity among young Canadians. Bike riding is a great way to enjoy the fresh air and to get exercise. But cycling is not without its hazards. Bike crashes and falls can cause scrapes and bruises, broken bones and even serious head injuries. Many bike-related injuries can be prevented. As a parent, you can keep your family safe while cycling. Good cycling habits need to be taught to children and practiced by the whole family.”

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Parenting with a Disability Bulletin – Winter 2013: Volume 14, Issue 4

“Many parents feel that it is impossible to use consequences with their teenagers. The problem typically lies in the understanding of consequences. What can be used as a consequence, and is it going to be effective?”

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Parenting with a Disability Bulletin – Fall 2012 Volume 14, Issue 3

“Many times parents deal with angry outbursts by challenging their kids and yelling back. But this will just increase your feeling of being out of control. The best thing you can do is remain calm in a crisis. Think of it this way: Even if you get into a car accident and the other driver jumps out and is furious at you, if you can remain calm, they will probably start to relax and be reasonable.”

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Parenting with a Disability Bulletin – May/June  2012 – Volume 14, Issue 2

“Like all prospective parents, it is important to be informed of what resources and supports are available to parents. When you have a disability, resources are harder to find and you really need to start the learning process as soon as you find out you are expecting.”

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Parenting with a Disability Bulletin – February/March 2012 – Volume 14, Issue 1

“Every year students from both the Toronto District School Board and the Toronto Catholic District School Board get a week-long break in the middle of winter. A few years ago the schools started officially referring to this by the rather bland and obvious title of “Mid-Winter Break”, but most people still call it by the old name, March Break. Tons of family-friendly events and activities take place in Toronto during March Break, including week-long day camps for both kids and teens.”

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Parenting with a Disability Bulletin – November/December 2011 – Volume 13, Issue 4

“How many doses of the Flu vaccine do I need? Adults should receive one shot each year. Children between six months and eight years of age who never had a seasonal flu shot should receive two doses the first year they get vaccinated. These two doses should be received at least one month apart, and they need one shot each year after that.”

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Parenting with a Disability Bulletin – August 2011 – Volume 13, Issue 3

“For many children, heading off to class with brand-new running shoes and a backpack filled with notebooks and sharpened pencils can be exciting. But for others tummy troubles or sleepless nights begin as the calendar flips to September.”

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Parenting with a Disability Bulletin – May 2011 – Volume 13, Issue 2

“Launched in June of 2001 in mid-town Toronto, Movies For Mommies was the first event of its kind to offer grown up entertainment in a Baby- Friendly environment. Now in its 10th year, MFM has expanded across the country to major cities including: Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, London, Waterloo, Edmonton area, Regina, Saskatoon and Vancouver.”

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Parenting with a Disability Bulletin – February 2011 – Volume 13, Issue 1

“The PDN is in the midst of another exciting initiative which is preparing a curriculum for a seminar of parenting with a disability geared towards people with disabilities who are thinking of becoming parents, but feel that they need to become more informed. It has been my experience in the many years that I have worked with the PDN that many new parents feel overwhelmed, and are at times, misinformed, about what services and technologies are out there. “

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Parenting with a Disability Bulletin – September 2010 – Volume 12, Issue 4

“From your bedroom at night, you can hear your child tossing and turning. You can hear this, because you are awake tossing and turning. It’s back to school time, which also includes the back to school jitters both for children and moms. This feeling of anxiety is normal for both you and your child.”

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Parenting with a Disability Bulletin – June 2010 – Volume 12, Issue 3

“Heather Kuttai is a 40-year-old white, heterosexual woman. She is married and is the mother of two children.
Living in a quiet, middle-class neighbourhood, her life is, in many ways, seemingly the quintessential picture of what many consider to be traditional. However, her life is not as conventional as it appears: she is a paraplegic and uses a wheelchair for mobility. Her disability dramatically changes the picture.”

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Parenting with a Disability Bulletin – March 2010 – Volume 12, Issue 2

“When people share experiences with us, it’s tempting to start sharing our similar experiences. But in the parent/child relationship this is not helpful.”

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Parenting with a Disability Bulletin – Winter 2009 – Volume 12 Issue 1

“Toys and play are important to your child’s development, and safety is essential. In Canada, responsibility for toy safety is shared among governments, the toy industry, safety associations, parents, and caregivers.

Toy makers must ensure that their toys meet Health Canada’s product safety regulations. Although stores are regularly checked for unsafe toys, such toys can still make their way into your home.”

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Parenting with a Disability Bulletin – Fall 2009 – Volume 11 Issue 4

Child protection is an issue of fundamental importance in our society. Unfortunately for parents with disabilities, children are often taken from them in the name of “child protection.”

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Parenting with a Disability Bulletin – Spring/Summer 2009 – Volume 11 Issue 3

The PDN is very excited to bring you our fourth parenting publication, “SCHOOL YEAR CHRONICLES: A Personal Collection of Your Child’s School Year Memories”, an exciting and innovative way of capturing your child’s special childhood school moments and achievements; while providing tips for you, as parents with disabilities, on parenting issues including how to educate your child about your disability, how to breastfeed when you are a mother with a disability and facing post partum blues.

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Parenting with a Disability Bulletin – Winter 2009 – Volume 11 Issue 2

What you say in response to your child’s questions or what you choose to tell them must be in line with their developmental stage in order to get the right message across.

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Parenting with a Disability Bulletin – Fall 2008 – Volume 11 Issue 1

There are many ideas about how to rear children. Some parents adopt the ideas their own parents used. Others get advice from friends. Some read books about parenting. Others take classes offered in the community. No one has all the answers. Read on to find out more…

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Parenting with a Disability Bulletin – December 2004 – Volume 7 Issue 4

In this issue we examine how to discipline you teen, discuss the research on husband abuse, and look at the usual assortment of events and announcements.

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Parenting with a Disability Bulletin – September 2004 – Volume 7 Issue 3

In this issue we look at how to get around Toronto on an SCI, discuss teaching disability 101 to your child, and go over a wide assortment of announcements and events.

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Parenting with a Disability Bulletin – June 2004 – Volume 7 Issue 2

In this issue we are introduced to a new support group for mothers, discuss the issue of parental rights, and look at a large variety of announcements, book reviews, website links and events.

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Parenting with a Disability Bulletin – March 2004 – Volume 7 Issue 1

In this issue we examine Canada’s Education Savings Grant, discuss the rationale for Nurturning Assistance, and look at the usual grab bag of announcements and events.

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Parenting with a Disability Bulletin – October 2003 – Volume 6 Issue 5

In this issue we look at a member testimonials on the trials and tribulations of parenting with a disability, take a closer look at nurturing assistance, and take a look at current announcements and upcoming events.

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Parenting with a Disability Bulletin – August 2004 – Volume 6 Issue 4

In this issue we take a look at child care equipment, discuss the issue of wheelchair accessable schools, and display the usual assortment of announcements and events.

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Parenting with a Disability Bulletin – June 2003 – Volume 6 Issue 3

In this issue we hear from Indra Beharrysingh about “being a mum”, discuss the growing up of teens, and display the usual assortment of announcements and events.

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Parenting with a Disability Bulletin – April 2003 – Volume 6 Issue 2

In this issue we take a how to build self-esteem in your child, discuss how sometimes it “takes a whole village to raise a child”, and go over the usual assortment of announcements and events.

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Parenting with a Disability Bulletin – February 2003 – Volume 6 Issue 1

In this issue we discuss Postpartum concerns, look at some of the ways expecting mother can prepare for the birth of a child, and go over the usual assortment of announcements and events.

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Parenting with a Disability Bulletin – December 2003 – Volume 5 Issue 5

In this issue we hear a report on the “Mothering, Law, Politics and Public Policy” conference, attempt to meet the challenge of putting a baby to bed, and grab a look at the most recent announcements and events.

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