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

Anger Help for Everyday Parenting (view)
Tuesday evenings, January 6, 13, 20 and 27, 6-7:30 p.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. 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!
*Jan. 6: Changing unhealthy REACTIONS to healthier RESPONSES, and reducing stress. With Jill Capobianco, ARNP.
*Jan. 13: What happens in our brain when we get angry, and how our thoughts and behaviors affect our emotions. With Pete Fifield, MS, LCMHC, MLADC
*Jan. 20: How Kids push our buttons. With Bob Pavlik, M.Ed.
*Jan. 27: Recognizing your personal warning signals and what to do when you lose it - simple strategies to keep your cool. With Bob Pavlik, M.Ed.
Cost: Free
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Q & A on Bedtime Battles
Thursday morning, January 8, 2015, 9:30-11 a.m.
Good Night, Sleep Tight. It sounds so wonderful. A freshly bathed child. A picture book or two. A snuggle. A kiss. Lights out. Exit stage right. In real life it's harder. Frenzied, resistant children. Pleas for more TV, more books, more cuddle time, more light. The inability to fall asleep, or stay asleep. Tears, drama, not enough sleep for anyone. How can you make it better? Come to a Q&A about sleep with local psychologist and author Dr. Dawn Huebner. Learn strategies related to conquering nighttime fears, dealing with bedtime battles, and creating routines to help your children get the sleep they need (so you can, too).
Cost: Free
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Who's in Charge in Your Home?
Thursday morning, January 22 & 29, 9:30-11 a.m.
Put yourself in the driver's seat -- you will be happier, and so will your kids! Your kids don't have the experience, emotional maturity or brainpower to be in charge. They need you, the adult, to make and carry out the bigger decisions while allowing them to practice on the ones that they are ready to handle. Many parents have difficulty setting limits, leaving their children adrift. Others set too many limits and find themselves in constant power struggles. This program will provide the guidelines needed to be in charge in a way that benefits your child AND makes day-to-day life easier. Facilitated by Bob Pavlik, M.Ed.
Cost: Free
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Building in Protection from Risky Situations
Tuesdays, February 3 & 10, 6-7:30 p.m.
Identify your child's risk factors and protective factors. Learn how to build your child's ability to resist risky situations and behaviors. Learn about creating protective factors to strengthen your family and help your child resist and avoid dangers as they grow into teenagers and adults. With Parkie Boley and Bob Pavlik, M.Ed.
Cost: Free
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Winter Games: Indoor & Outdoor Play
Thursday, February 12, 9:30-11 a.m.
Great ideas for keeping everyone active indoors and out. With Bob Pavlik, M.Ed.
Cost: Free
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Understanding Bullying: Are We Raising a Mean Generation?
Tuesday evening, February 17, 6-7:30 p.m.
We are lucky to have one of the nation's leading experts on bullying living on the Seacoast. Dr. Malcolm Smith, founder of the Courage to Care program, and former UNH Professor will present a powerful evening for parents on why bullying today is much more dangerous than bullying in the past, how to talk to your child about bullying, and how to use the NH School Safety Act to protect your child from harm in school. Dr. Smith will also address how to teach your child's civility, empathy, and kindness. He will present a vital, practical, and powerful presentation that every parent should hear.
Cost: Free
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Keeping the Peace: Helping Siblings Get Along
Tuesday evening, February 24, 6-7:30 p.m.
Learn the surprising underlying causes of sibling rivalry, when to intervene and when not to, and techniques for handling kids' feelings and behaviors. These strategies can be used for handling issues between playmates as well as siblings. With Parkie Boley.
Cost: Free
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Toilet Learning Made Easier (view)
Thursday, February 26, 9:30-11 a.m.
Learn how to tell when your child is really ready, and how to work with your children, not against them. With Parkie Boley.
Cost: Free
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PARENT-CHILD GROUPS

Toddler Playtime (view)
Mondays, 9:30-11 a.m. (Except Dec. 29)
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 (view)
Mondays, 5:30-7:30 p.m. (except Dec. 29)
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):
Nov. 24th: Make your own Apple Crisp
Dec. 1st: Ultimate Challenge Night!
Dec. 8th: B-I-N-G-O
Dec. 15th: Build-a-Mania (Legos & blocks)
Dec. 22nd: Seasonal Crafts & Cookies
Dec. 29th: No Family Fun Night tonight
Cost: Free
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Babytime (view)
Tuesdays, 10-11:30 a.m. (Next dates: Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23; No group Dec.30)
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 (view)
Wednesdays, 9:30-11 a.m. (Except Dec. 24 and 31)
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
Exeter Family Morning Out (view)
Thursdays, 9:30-11 a.m. (Except Dec. 25 and Jan. 1)
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
Mixed-Age Afternoon Playgroup Starting January 8th (view)
Thursday, Starting January 8th, 3 - 4:30 p.m.
A playgroup for children ages 1-5 and parents (infants also welcome with older siblings). Provides children with a chance to play with siblings and friends of different ages.Join us for art projects, gross motor activities and more. Meets January through the end of April. Facilitator: Parkie Boley.
Cost: $5 per family per week
Pre-registration not needed
Preschool Playtime (view)
Fridays, 9:30-11 a.m. (Except Dec. 26 and Jan. 2)
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
Epping Family Morning Out (view)
Fridays, 9:30-11 a.m. (Except Dec. 26, and Jan. 2)
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 (view)
Tuesdays, 9-10 a.m. (Next dates: Dec. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30)
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 (view)
1st and 3rd Thursdays, 9:30-11 a.m. (Next dates: Dec. 4 and 18; No group Jan. 1)
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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