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Montreal Families

Parenting series helps those with young kids

Sometimes it is hard to find a safe place to have truly meaningful conversations about the ups and downs of child rearing. That’s why Deep Life, which provides mindful parenting programs, will be holding a series of workshops called The Toddler Years this fall in Montreal. It will comprise three, 90-minute sessions, each of which will explore the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the family, giving specific consideration to the challenges and joys faced during a child’s transition from infancy to childhood.

Parents with children 2 to 4 will be given a curriculum to explore the psychological, neurological, sociological and spiritual developments that occur within the family unit during the toddler years; touching on everything from being a working parent, to managing a child’s sudden increase in mobility and emotional development. Attendees will also get to share their own experiences, ask questions, and learn from other parents in similar circumstances.

“It’s about navigating parenthood with purpose and intention,” says Angie Arendt, partner at Deep Life. An ordained minister with more than 20 years of experience teaching spiritual growth and development to families, Arendt will mediate the gatherings.

The Toddler Years sessions represent one out of eight components that comprise the Parenting with Purpose series, which follows the family unit through all its phases, beginning with infants through empty nesting.

They will be held Wednesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Sept. 30, Oct. 7 and Oct. 14 at the Cedar Park United Church in Pointe Claire. Arendt said the sessions don’t have a religious component and are open to people of all faiths and backgrounds. It costs $50 per family, and childcare is available if requested ahead of time.

For more information, visit deeplife.ca.  

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