Come Play with Us!

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN… get your spot today! FREE Family Play Event at Strathcona Park, Sandy Hill! Saturday, June 17, 2023 from 9:30am to 3:00pm. Families from all over Ottawa come out to enjoy a fun StoryWalk® with a themed play/activity area, games and crafts, obstacle course, GIANT soccer ball, plinko, musical guest, dance, bubbles, parent…
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Power of Play Volunteers Needed

The Parent Resource Centre (PRC) will hold our annual Power of Play event on Saturday June 17, 2023 in Strathcona Park. Playtime, especially with family, is our priority and is an essential building block of childhood. It allows children to practice what they learn. PRC is thrilled to provide an opportunity to bring families together…
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We Stand with Ukraine

“On Wednesday, August 24th, 2022, hundreds of people gathered on Parliament Hill, many wearing blue and yellow and carrying flags. The event was held to observe Ukrainian Independence Day and engage with people who have a connection to and love for Ukraine. We listened to some Canadian politicians and diplomats from Baltic countries who spoke…
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With parents and children navigating restrictions and another round of remote learning, here are some important reminders: 

Allow space for everyone’s feelings. Many parents and family members are exhausted and as a result have limited capacity. It’s important to be self-aware and honest about how you are feeling, and how much energy, enthusiasm and time you have available to devote to remote learning. Check in with your child(ren) too and be curious about where they are at, practice empathy and validate their feelings.

Give yourself and your child permission to minimize expectations. There will be lots of requirements, deadlines, and pressure to get things done. Try taking some of the pressure off, practice self-compassion, be patient with your child(ren) and do the best you can. Remind your child(ren) that remote learning is important, but that there are other things that are important too such as feeling loved and supported and recognizing what has gone well and what has already been accomplished.
Be flexible. As we know, things are changing weekly and sometimes daily and it’s out of our control. The pandemic has created and continues to create uncertainty, disappointment and grief. Even though parenting requires consistency, sometimes it’s okay to break the routine and respond to a child’s immediate need or a behavior that may seem out of the ordinary. Also, try adding in some spontaneity and collaborate with your child(ren) to do something fun and break the stress cycle.