Current Programs & Registration
603-422-8208 x2

Held at the Community Campus in Portsmouth unless otherwise noted.

parenting classAll parents and children are welcome at our Parenting Classes, Parent-Child Groups and Parent Groups. Advance registration is needed for most programs and is always needed for child care; click the "register now" link under each program description or call (603) 422-8208 x2.

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PARENTING CLASSES

Parenting Together: Navigating Through Conflict
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Tuesdays, October 7 - 28, 6 -7:30 p.m. This not taking new registrations after Oct. 14.
Learn ways to strengthen your co-parenting relationships and develop communication skills to best support your children's resilience and well being. This class is appropriate for parents in the same household, as well as parents who are separated or divorced. Led by Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Carol Minotti, MS, of Harbor Point Individual and Family Therapy.
Cost: Free
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Anger Help for Everyday Parenting
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Thursdays, October 9, 23 and 30, 9:30-11 a.m.
No matter how much you love your children, it's natural to feel stress, frustration or anger when children are constantly in your personal space, thwarting your personal agenda and activating your personal triggers. But you can't get results with kids if you can't handle your emotions. So, are you just stuck with this vicious cycle? No! You can learn strategies to handle these emotions, then choose how to respond to challenges. You can choose to be the parent that you want to be. And by handling your own emotions, you will teach your children how to handle theirs. Each class will include strategies to use at home. Many parents, like you, have found solutions in these classes!
*Oct. 9: Your triggers/your physiology: Recognizing your personal warning signals. With Bob Pavlik, M.Ed.
*Oct. 23: Changing unhealthy REACTIONS to healthier RESPONSES, and reducing stress. With Jill Capobianco, ARNP.
*Oct. 30: What happens in the brain when we get angry, and how our thoughts and behaviors affect our emotions. With Pete Fifield, MS, LCMHC, MLADC
Cost: Free
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Active Parenting
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Tuesdays, Nov. 4 - Dec. 2, 6-7:30 p.m.
What is your parenting style? Do you know how to win cooperation, teach values and responsibility and reduce power struggles, all while balancing the parenting load? Come to these classes to learn some of the most effective parenting techniques, and find one that will work for your family. For parents of children of all ages (infants through teens). Facilitators: Parkie Boley and Bob Pavlik, M.Ed.
Cost: Free
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Combustible Kids -- A Q&A with Dr. Dawn Huebner
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Thursday, November 13, 9:30-11 a.m.
Does your child explode when hearing the word no? Melt down when things don't go according to plan? Give up when the going gets tough? Do you need to tiptoe, appease, cheerlead or explain far more than anyone else seems to be doing? It might be that you have a combustible kid, one who hasn't yet learned to manage strong negative feelings. Come to a Q&A session with psychologist and author Dr. Dawn Huebner to learn to recognize triggers, head off blow-ups, and ultimately help your child grow a longer fuse.
Cost: Free
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Family Holiday Traditions
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Tuesday evening, December 9, 6-7:30 p.m.
What are you looking forward to this holiday season? What would you like to be looking forward to? Come to this class to get ideas for inserting new traditions into your family's holidays and keeping these traditions around for years to come. Facilitated by Bob Pavlik, MEd.
Cost: Free
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PARENT-CHILD GROUPS

Toddler Playtime
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Mondays, 9:30-11 a.m.
For toddlers, ages 1 to 2: Gym, circle time, songs, story, snack, fun activities and first friendships. For parents: New ideas for activities and parenting, a chance to connect with other parents. Facilitator: Parkie Boley.
Cost: $5 per family per week
Pre-registration not needed
Family Fun Night
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Mondays, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
A fun, relaxing evening out for families who are experiencing stress. Includes a family dinner and family activities. Advance signup required. Here are some of the activities we have lined up (activities subject to change): *Oct. 27: Halloween Fun
Cost: Free
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Babytime
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Tuesdays, 10-11:30 a.m. (Next dates: Oct. 28, Nov. 4, 11, 18, 25)
An educational, playful and supportive group for babies up to 12 months and their parents; expecting parents also welcome! A developmental therapist from the Children's Rehab Center of Portsmouth Hospital comes to Babytime once a month to talk about infants' motor, social/emotional, language and brain development. Free child care offered for older siblings (advance signup required). Facilitator: Parkie Boley. Drop-ins OK.
Cost: Free
Register if you need childcare for older siblings
Terrific Twos Playtime
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Wednesdays, 9:30-11 a.m.
Join children ages two to three for gym, circle time, songs, story, snack, fun activities and friendships. For parents: New ideas for activities and parenting, a chance to connect with other parents. Facilitator: Parkie Boley.
Cost: $5 per family per week
Pre-registration not needed
Preschool Playtime
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Fridays, 9:30-11 a.m.
Join children ages 3 to 5 and parents for circle time, gym, free play, snack and story. Facilitator: Parkie Boley.
Cost: $5 per family per week
Pre-registration not needed
Exeter Family Morning Out
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Thursdays, 9:30-11 a.m.
For children ages birth to six, with parents or other caregivers. Children will explore age-appropriate crafts and other activities, have positive play with peers and adults, and enjoy songs, stories and snack. Facilitator: Patricia Keck. Held at Exeter Parks and Recreation (32 Court Street, Exeter).
Cost: Free
Pre-registration not needed
Epping Family Morning Out
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Fridays, 9:30-11 a.m.
For children ages birth to six, with parents or other caregivers. Children will explore age-appropriate crafts and other activities, have positive play with peers and adults, and enjoy songs, stories and snack. Facilitator: Patricia Keck. Held at the SAU 14 Building (213 Main Street, Epping).
Cost: Free
Pre-registration not needed

PARENT GROUPS

Mother-to-Mother Postpartum Group
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Tuesdays, 9-10 a.m. (Next dates: Oct. 28 and Nov. 4, 11, 18, 25)
Offering support for mothers during their baby's first year, when postpartum depression and anxiety are common. Come be with other mothers who know what it's like. Led by women trained in birth and postpartum care. Facilitated by Susan Remillard, PCD DONA, CLC. For more information, call Susan at 207-439-3033. Child care available for older siblings.
Cost: Free
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Parent Recharge
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1st and 3rd Thursdays, 9:30-11 a.m. (Next dates: 10/6 and 10/20)
Kick back, get involved in relaxing activities, and recharge your parenting battery. Child care and refreshments included. Facilitator: Bob Pavlik, M.Ed.
Cost: Free
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