Recently, I became a grandparent for the first time. It’s really exciting to look forward to special times ahead and enjoying the milestones of your grandchildren. I’m looking forward to tying up my granddaughter’s first pair of skates and getting out on the ice as a coach again.
There’s an African proverb that says it takes a village to raise a child, and I believe that strong communities can help build the leaders of tomorrow. Whether you are a parent, grandparent, friend, neighbour or educator, the entire community can together create the many positive experiences that children and youth need to develop and thrive.
Connecting with other parents (and grandparents) can be a helpful way to get support and reassurance that you are not alone in your parenting journey. Parenting programs such as those offered at the Region and the Ontario Early Years Centres also provide opportunities for parents to learn and interact.
Since the time my children were small, much has been learned about child development as well as approaches to parenting which establish and foster life-long positive relationships with your children, provide them with a safe healthy environment and teach them the skills they need to become active adults. Halton Region has many programs and services available to parents and caregivers
While children progress through a number of developmental milestones, every child is different. If you are concerned about the growth and development of a child in your family, you can talk to your doctor or speak with a public health nurse by dialing 311 and asking for HaltonParents. The sooner any concerns are identified and addressed, the better. I remember my days as a young parent, and I know that all parents need some support and guidance along the way and grandparents (and other caregivers) can play an important role in helping families cope and adjust with the challenges of today’s world.
In this modern global world, technology has certainly changed the way we live and now long-distance grandparents can email and video chat to stay connected. To stay informed about issues and programs for parents (and grandparents) you can also follow our HaltonParents team of public health nurses and child development staff on twitter or read their blog.
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