Family Services

Positive Parenting

It can be challenging being a parent. Having a foster family can add additional stresses and adjustments for parents and children. This web page offers a number of resources that may assist you in parenting in a positive way.

One of the keys to success is having honest and open communication with children and youth. Although it is important to set limits and have consistent discipline, it is also helpful to provide an environment of acceptance where a child feels free to express their opinions.

Dealing with teenagers brings its own set of challenges. Many youth will experiment with substance use and sex. It’s important to try to give them the facts they need to help them make informed choices.

(Reference: CAMH Tips for Parents in Building Healthy Relationships with Their Teenagers)


Positive Parenting – Activities for Children (PDF)

Sacred Children: Communication Fact Sheet (PDF)

Sacred Children: Discipline Fact Sheet (PDF)

Sacred Children: Self-Esteem Fact Sheet (PDF)

Understanding Child Development – Activities for Children (PDF)


Canadian Parents – Canada’s Parent Community

Parents Canada

Public Health Agency of Canada: Nobody’s Perfect

Today’s Parent

Triple P: Positive Parenting Program, Manitoba

Encyclopedia on Early Childhood Development

Books in Your Community

For Adults

123 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12, Thomas W. Phelan.

104 Activities That Build: Self-Esteem, Teamwork, Communication, Anger Management, Self-Discovery and Coping Skills, Alanna Jones.

Discipline without Distress: 135 Tools for Raising Caring, Responsible, Children without Time-out, Spanking, Punishment or Bribery, Judy Arnall.

Getting to Calm: Cool-Headed Strategies for Parenting Tweens & Teens, Laura S. Kastner & Jennifer Wyatt.

Good Discipline, Great Teens, Ray Guarendi.

How to Raise Kids You Want to Keep: The Proven Discipline Program Your Kids Will Love (and That Really Works), Jerry R. Day.

Raise Your Kids Without Raising Your Voice, Sarah Chana Radcliffe.

Respectful Parents, Respectful Kids: 7 Keys to Turn Family Conflict Into Cooperation, Sura Hart and Victoria Kindle Hodson.

The Big Book of Parenting Solutions: 101 Answers to Your Everyday Challenges and Wildest Worries, Michelle Borba.

For Children and Youth

How to Do Homework without Throwing Up, Trevor Romain.

The Way I Feel, Janan Cain.

Worst Day of my Life Ever, Julia Cook.