Education. For young families, those struggling economically or just anyone with children, have a resource waiting to give them a hand. the Maison des familles Lasalle offers free parent-child and family events as well as parenting clinics.
toddler cooking: Winter comfort Food
You and your little one will have fun making potato and bacon soup and hot chocolate cookie cups. $10 per person. Requires 24-hour advance registration. On January 4, from 11 am to 12 pm at Provigo Lasalle, 6767 Newman Blvd. call 514-364-7168.
Kids’ cooking: Winter treats
In this class, children will learn to make creamy potato and bacon soup, butternut squash and spinach lasagna, and hot chocolate cookie cups. $15 per person. Requires 24-hour advance registration. On January 4, from 1 pm to 3 pm at Provigo Lasalle, 6767 Newman Blvd. call 514-364-7168.
children’s theatre: terzetto
Enjoy these three clowns who have more than one trick up their sleeves! With humor and enthusiasm, through contortions and acrobatics, they passionately share their games and their exploits. $8 for adults and $6 for children. Sunday, January 21, at the Centre Culturel et Communautaire Henri-lemieux at 7644 Edouard Street from 2 pm.
Aside from running a daycare and weekly workshops, there are monthly conferences with specific topics held each month. In December, «Positive Discipline» was tackled. About a dozen parents from different social and cultural backgrounds came to take part.
Led by a trained coordinator, the workshop unfolded in a structured way, but she was not so rigid that mothers and fathers with questions could not ask them. It was focused on the importance of discipline, establishing rules and consequences and how to follow through.
«I often find myself getting angry with my children when they disobey. I raise my voice or threaten to spank them. I do not want to be a monster in their eyes,» explained a father of two.
She often let the parents speak to teach other and through the discussion, similar experiences were explored and methods to cope discussed. The coordinator also took time to describe «good» behavior, discipline by age and how parental reaction to children’s actions can affect the relationship.
The next conference will concentrate on «Conflict Management» and take place on the morning of January 17.
The Maison des familles offers parents and families a place to be heard, educated and supported in the daily struggles life and family can bring, and between the monthly sessions, the center offers three other workshops. The «Devenir Grand Ensemble» where parents and their toddlers can spend time exploring and discovering, the «Être Parent» offers group discussions on Wednesdays and there is also the «Café-causerie», where tough subjects, including puberty and tween hyper-sexuality are discussed.
The Maison is part of a network of support services in and around Lasalle.
Ordinary outside, extraordinary inside.