Engaging Parents as Partners in Education
Parent Tip Sheet – January 2020
Self regulation is a buzzword in education. What does it really mean? Think about the phrase “temper tantrum,” you can picture a child who does not have the ability to control their behaviours and emotions in response to their current situation.
Our job as parents is to help teach our children the skills they need to calm themselves down when they get upset. We know that when kids come to school, they need to be alert, they need to be calm and centred in the classroom, and they need to be ready to focus and listen.
Visit The Mehrit Centre for more information and resources on self regulation.
There is no sure way to prevent your child from using drugs, but you can decrease the chances by:
- Maintaining open communication with your child.
- Be interested in their activities and know their friends.
- Discuss drug use with your child from an early age; include what they would do if offered drugs, discuss the positive and negative aspects of using drugs.
- Encourage them not to smoke or drink. Be a good example.
- Encourage healthy behaviours in your children!
Cannabis poisoning can be very dangerous, needing emergency medical attention and sometimes hospitalization. Edible cannabis products may look like normal food/treats, so there is a risk of it being taken accidentally. Children and pets are most at risk of cannabis poisoning. Always make sure that all cannabis products are properly labeled and safely stored. The signs of cannabis poisoning can include chest pain, fast heartbeat, nausea and vomiting, trouble breathing, anxiety, panic attack, or psychotic episode. If you think that your child has accidentally taken cannabis:
• Call your poison control centre.
• Call 911 and stay with the child until help arrives; keep them safe.
For more information about cannabis or other substances visit the Ontario cannabis page.
Preventing scalds and burns
See the below tips to help children avoid getting burns:
- Have a “kid-free zone” of at least one metre around the kitchen stove.
- Turn pot handles away from the stove edge.
- Before placing a child in a tub, test the water. The water should feel warm, not hot.
- Keep matches, lighters, and other heat sources away from children.
- Teach young children to tell a grown up if they find matches or lighters, and never to touch matches or lighters.
- If a child gets a burn, treat it right away by running it under cool water for three to five minutes. Get medical help for serious burns.
Visit sparky.org to help children learn more about fire safety through games and activities. A parent page for more helpful information is also provided.