Life changes impact our eating habits. Understanding how our emotions affect our food cravings and choices can help.
Play is vitally important to children’s growth, development, and relationship building. Here are some play experiences to try at home!
Fathers Moving Forward, offered at Louise Dean Centre, empowers young dads to engage with their child(ren) and to make healthy and responsible choices for their families. There’s no way around it; parenting is hard work. This can be especially true for young parents who may lack the knowledge, maturity, or resources of their older counterparts. [...]
When was the last time you were somewhere or with someone and really embraced being there? I was lucky enough to be on Chesterman’s Beach near Tofino this summer. The sound, feel, smell and sight of the surf, sand, sun and milieu of people swimming, surfing, biking, sand sailing, and kite flying was truly [...]
They say that it takes a village to raise a child “and I found my Village within this program” said a young Motherhood Matters participant. She is certainly not alone in her thinking. Motherhood Matters touched the lives of hundreds of women in its more than 40 years. Motherhood Matters was a three stage [...]
Catholic Family Service released the findings of a three year study titled: Fathers Moving Forward June 2019 at a private event in downtown Calgary. Fathers Moving Forward is a program for fathers aged 16 to 26 provided by Catholic Family Service at the Louise Dean Centre for pregnant and parenting teens. Developed and piloted in [...]
By Shannon Kanda, Engagement and Intake Coordinator, Counselling Services, Catholic Family Service The tenth anniversary of my dad’s death was a few months ago. The weight of that occasion was unexpected and there were some uncomfortable and awkward feelings that went with figuring out what I wanted to do with it. Wonderfully, one of the [...]
By Yun Yun Lee, Dietitian, Healthy Babies Network, Louise Dean Centre You may ask what nutrition has to do with #BuildingStrongFamilies. Is there a magic ingredient, maybe a superfood that miraculously brings everyone together? I wish. As a dietitian, I speak to many clients about food choices to improve their health, weight, pregnancy outcomes, and [...]
By Shane Lynch, Coordinator, Fathers Moving Forward Program, Catholic Family Service For many years, it has been the belief of parenting educators that time-outs are key to teaching children to behave appropriately. Many of us may even have firsthand experience of this discipline technique. For some it was, “That’s enough. Go sit in the corner.” [...]
By Jessica Williams, Managing Director, Stakeholder Relations, Catholic Family Service and Unlocking Potential Foundation Parent empowerment is something we talk a lot about at Catholic Family Service. It’s a practice, a way of being, that runs through our programs and aims to reinforce, at every opportunity, that the parents we serve are the most important [...]