HaltonParents: 1,000+ Twitter followers and growing

What do I do for my child who is being bullied? My 3-year old is still not using the potty. Any suggestions? How can I manage my teenager’s attitude? These are just some of the questions that a group of Halton Region’s Public Health Nurses and Child Development staff are tweeting and writing about on HaltonParents: a great online community for all things parenting. And with over 1,000 followers on Twitter and more than 2,300 readers of the blog in May alone, clearly it’s hitting the mark with a rapidly growing number of local parents, community organizations, and others across Canada and the world.

HaltonParents offers quality, evidence-based information in a casual forum. The conversation is lively and our professional staff do not shy away from tough conversations. In fact, here’s the opening paragraph to one of the recent posts titled “What’s with weed”, written by one of the Public Health Nurses: “I admit it. I have never tried cannabis (marijuana, weed). According to the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, I am in a slim majority. Forty-two percent of Ontarians over the age of 18 have used cannabis in their lifetimes. Almost half of Ontario’s grade 12 students (46%) say they have used cannabis in the past year.” She goes on to talk about the rationale and evidence as to why many teens are attracted to risky behaviour, and what parents may be able to do to help guide their sons and daughters into making smart choices.

So, if you’re a parent in Halton, check out HaltonParents. The team will help answer your parenting questions or concerns—no matter if you’re pregnant with your first child or raising your third teenager. If they don’t know the answer, the team will connect you with community services throughout Halton who can.

As per a tweet from mindyourmind, an Ontario organization who supports youth mental health, HaltonParents is “a great new online community to talk about parenting issues at all stages with professional staff.”

Of course if you don’t tweet, feel free to email or call the team with your parenting questions or concerns.

Here’s how to reach them:

Phone: Dial 311 or 905-825-6000, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

If you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”