A healthy home

Finding and maintaining a healthy work-life balance is a major challenge for Canadians. When asked about their main sources of day-to-day stress, 16% of Canadian workers indicated "taking care of children's needs" and 21% said "family problems."*

And yet, experts agree that the best place to learn how to manage stress is at home. That's why we've teamed up with the Psychology Foundation of Canada External link. Opens in a new window. to develop a series of brochures about children and stress.

The Struggle to Juggle: Stress Management Strategies for You and Your Family

This brochure for families is full of tips for managing stress and identifying symptoms in children.
Stress Management Strategies for You and Your Family (PDF, 595 KB) Opens in a new window.

Stress Check! Use these strategies to help your child deal with stress

The Stress Check insert is intended to help parents teach their children stress management techniques they can use on a day-to-day basis.

DFS developed this brochure in partnership with the Psychology Foundation of Canada.
Use These Strategies to Help Your Child Deal With Stress (PDF, 2.6 MB) Opens in a new window.

Kids Can Cope: Parenting Resilient Children at Home and at School

Resiliency is a key element in a child's mental health. And what exactly is resiliency? It's the ability to bounce back after disappointments, rise to meet challenges, overcome obstacles and deal with everyday stress.

This brochure demystifies resiliency through true stories about people who bounced back. It helps parents better understand how to develop resiliency in their children and reinforce that skill in their everyday lives. 
Parenting Resilient Children at Home and at School (PDF, 980 KB) Opens in a new window.

1 in 2 workers also said that their main source of stress is money.* When you're unable to work for an extended period, it can take a toll on your family's finances. That's why it's important to think about protecting yourself against the financial consequences of a disability.

*Source: Desjardins Financial Security 2008 National Health Survey