Parents & Caregivers

Parenting and Family Services promotes positive parenting and healthy child and youth development to military families. We offer programs and services to increase parents’ knowledge, skills, and confidence in parenting and child development.

Our programs

New Baby

Shearwater Site

For pregnant mothers and parents and babies 12 months and under. This program provides an opportunity for parents and babies up to 12 months to get together and share information, offer support to each other, and share resources in a safe, warm, caring environment.

How to Talk so Kids will Listen

Do you have children between the ages of 2 ½ and 11 years old and are looking to learn new techniques that will enhance your parenting skills? How to Talk so Kids will Listen is a practical workshop that can help parents improve the everyday quality of their relationship with their child(ren). We will explore a variety of strategies, suggestions and innovative ways to solve common problems like engaging cooperation, helping children deal with their feelings, praise, self-esteem and much more. Join us for six evening sessions and learn new ways to talk so kids will listen and listen so kids will talk.

Parents Helping Children Through Deployment

Do you have children who are experiencing the deployment of a loved one? Join us for this interactive workshop as we identify the different types of effects that deployment separation can have on children of different ages. As a group, we will also share strategies of how parents can support children through separation, increase knowledge of stress through a child’s view and how deployment can affect a child physically and emotionally. This is a great opportunity to connect with other parents who are experiencing deployment within their families, as well as learn some new stress management strategies you can use with your children.

One on One Parenting Support

One on One Parenting Support is an opportunity to talk to someone about your particular parenting questions or challenges, we are available to meet with parents to offer ideas, tools and resources that might work for your family.

Various Parenting Topics

Various Parenting Topics is offered throughout the year. We offer workshops based on expressed demand, these workshops might be on discipline, temper tantrums, children and stress, toilet learning, bullying, or picky eaters.

Ages & Stages Questionnaires

The first five years of life are very important as this is the time children will learn to think, communicate, move, problem-solve, and interact positively with others. Questionnaires ask a variety of questions about what a child can and cannot do, are filled out by the parent at home, and take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete.
As early as 2 months of age, you can begin to receive questionnaires in the mail. Once you have completed the questionnaire, return it to the centre. We will score it and provide you with feedback about your child’s development in the areas of communication, gross motor (big muscle), fine motor (small muscle), problem-solving, and personal-social. Each questionnaire comes with fun activities that you can do with your child for each area of development.

Parent & Tot

Ages: Best suited for children ages 12 months to 5 years, but all ages under 5 are welcome. This program is a parent-child interaction program where parents and children come together and participate in free play, an art experience, physical activity, and circle time. Parent & Tot is a program where children and parents can meet new friends and parents can share the joys and challenges of parenting. Parent & Tot is not designed for child care providers (babysitters) bringing multiple children.

Locations: Halifax Site – Tuesday mornings, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Shearwater Site – (English) Monday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. (French) Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30am

No registration required