Families Matter

Ages 5-18

Ages 5-18

I was a wonderful parent before I had children.  E. Mazlish


Parenting can challenge in ways we never expected. 

Parents and children both want loving homes where trust and structure keep everyone feeling  loved and protected. 

Trying to modify the behaviour of another person is a recipe for disaster, and while one can have short term results for coercion, bribes and punishment, the relationship can be badly damaged.

There is a better way and it’s more fun.  Learning about yourself and your children through reflection and relationship is the cornerstone to a strong and healthy relationship.

Our program content is based on positive discipline and respectful communication.  These are learned skills and we can help.

Upcoming Programs

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If the class you are interested in is full, please give us a call so that we can add you to a waiting list.

Family Resilience Support Group

The Family Resilience Support Group was designed to be a space for parents who are struggling to support the behavioral and/or emotional needs of their children. In this 1.5 hour session you will get to connect with a facilitator and other parents to share your concerns and to get new ideas and tools from the group. Each session a new parenting tool will be introduced which will help you to learn more about your child, yourself, and to ultimately strengthen the relationship between you. Come with your questions and an open mind. Parents with children of any age are welcome. Please note: upon registration you will be contacted by Lindsay for intake for this program.
February 11, 2020 through March 3, 2020
Tuesday at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Cost (CAD): No Cost, Fully Subsidized
Horizon Family Centre
3404 25th Street NE

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Parenting for School Readiness

These are discussion-based supportive sessions with focuses on growth mindset, emotional development and the importance of attachment and more.


Parenting for School Readiness: Growth Mindset

This a discussion-based supportive session with a focus on Growth Mindset. The session will focus on Carol Dweck Growth Mindset. Dweck asserts, "A growth mindset is when students understand that their abilities can be developed" (2014). Some examples of topics covered are: teaching kids to struggle and why children need to learn to struggle and goal setting.


Parenting for School Readiness: Emotions and Development

This is a discussion-based supportive session with a focus on emotional development and the five domains of development. A great emphasis will be on emotional development as it deals with children's ability to understand the expressions of emotions, form attachments, play with others, and handle peer pressures.


Parenting for school Readiness: Attachment

This is a discussion-based supportive session focusing on the importance of Attachment. The session focuses on the importance of Attachment on a child's overall development; as a strong, secure attachment allows children to grow emotionally, learn, explore, and helps them feel safe, secure, loved and understood. In this session, parents will have the opportunity to reflect on Attachment and their child's feelings and why it matters.

There are currently no classes available for this program.

What People Are Saying…

“The team at Families Matter gave us the help and resources we needed to grow our family.” Tracy Schultz

“The programs at Families Matter are simply incredible. We've learned so much when it comes to parenting our two little ones.” Danielle Stewart