Parents: Looking for Help?

Being a parent can mean your days are full of joy, but there can also be challenges along the way.  Parenting is the single most important and difficult job you’ll ever have andlittle girl with question marks floating above her head sometimes you may feel a little unsure of yourself and a bit confused by all the different parenting advice out there.  This is normal.  Whether your child is a newborn or is ready to start high school, Southwestern Public Health would like to support your family in nurturing your child. 

Here are some website links that you may find helpful as a parent:

About Kids Health

About Kids Health provides families with current, evidence-based information about children’s health.  Pictures and animations make it easy to understand and follow.

Community Connections - St. Thomas and Elgin County

A resource guide of basic need supports and services in our community.

Canadian Institute of Child Health
An organization dedicated to promoting and protecting the health, well-being and rights of all children and youth through monitoring, education and advocacy.

Canadian Paediatric Society: Caring for Kids
Caring for Kids is designed to provide parents with information about their child’s health and well-being.

Disney Family Fun
This website gives parents fun ideas of different activities to do with the family.

Healthy Baby, Healthy Brain
A website offering practical suggestions to help parents support their baby’s brain development. Features 15 short videos on topics such as nutrition, sleep, play, physical activity, attachment, discipline and so much more!

Health Care Connect
Health Care Connect will refer Ontarians without a family health care provider to a family doctor or a nurse practitioner in their community who is accepting new patients.

La Leche League Canada
La Leche League Canada runs local support groups in our community which provide mother-to-mother breastfeeding support.

Wellkin: Child & Youth Mental Wellness
Mental health support and parenting support for families to the age of 18 years old.

Ministry of Children and Youth Services
This website offers information on pregnancy, parenthood, early childhood with helpful links to local resources.   

Ontario Early Years Centre
The Ontario Early Years Centre(s) is a place for children up to the age of six and their parents or caregivers to take part in programs and activities together. The Ontario Early Years Centre(s) also bring together information about children’s services and programs in the community.  If you have questions about your child’s development or would like more information about services for your child aged 0-6 in your area, please contact your local centre.

Telehealth Ontario
1-866-797-0000
Call to speak to a registered nurse for information about health related concerns. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.