Parent and Family Groups
603-422-8208 x2

Held at the Community Campus in Portsmouth unless otherwise noted.

child and motherAll 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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Summertime Fun 2014 (compiled by volunteer Peggy Meyers)

There will be no parenting classes, playgroups or family programming during the week August 25 through September 1, 2014. However, the Mother-to-Mother Group will be held as usual from 9-10 a.m. on Tuesday August 26.



Parenting classes and playgroups don't meet August 25-29, 2014.
August 25 - 29, 2014
The only group meeting this week will be the Mother-to-Mother Group on Tuesday morning 9-10 a.m. Otherwise, no parent-child groups, family programs or parenting classes will be held during the last week of August. We will also be closed on Labor Day. See you in September!
Pre-registration not needed
Building in Protection from Risky Situations
Tuesdays, September 9 & 16, 6-7:30 p.m.
Learn about creating protective factors to strengthen your family and help your child resist and avoid dangers as they grow into teenagers and adults. Identify your child's risk factors and protective factors. Learn how to build your child's ability to resist risky situations and behaviors. With Parkie Boley and Bob Pavlik.
Cost: Free
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When to Worry (and What To Do): A Q&A with Dr. Dawn Huebner
Wednesday, September 10, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
It's one month into the school year and your 5-year-old still cries at every drop off. Your 6-year-old refuses to go upstairs alone. Your 4-year-old tells bald-faced lies. Your 7-year-old doesn't look up when other children greet him. Your 3½-year-old isn't interested in using the potty. Are these phases that your child will outgrow, or the sign of a bigger problem? Should you wait? Should you worry? Is there anything you can do? Join psychologist and best-selling author Dr. Dawn Huebner for a Q&A session about the behaviors you wonder about, worry about, wish would go away. Where is the behavior coming from, and what can you do to change it?
Cost: Free
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More 1-2-3 Magic (view)
Thursdays, September 11 & 25, 9:30-11 a.m.
Parents of two-year-olds to teens will leave this program with strategies proven to get kids to start good behaviors. Challenges such as getting kids to go to bed, get up and out on time in the morning, clean up, behave well at meals, and do their homework will become easier. The program includes video, lecture and demonstrations, discussion and practical activities. You don't have to have taken the original 1-2-3 Magic program to get a lot of out this one. Facilitator: Bob Pavlik, MEd.
Cost: Free
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Staying on Track (view)
Tuesday, September 23, 6-7:30 p.m.
Come to this class to check in with what's working and what's not with your child's routine at home and school. Does the homework space need to be adjusted? Is the morning routine working well? Bring your issues and troubleshoot them with other parents and facilitators Parkie Boley and Bob Pavlik.
Cost: Free
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Stress and Children: How Parents Can Help (view)
Tuesday, September 30, 6-7:30 p.m.
A significant number of youth report feeling 'stressed out.' Such feelings can negatively impact children's academic functioning and social and family relationships. Dr. Laura Rubin, a licensed clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist, will discuss how stress impacts children and practical ways to reduce stress, with a focus on learning to identify signs of stress in children, strategies for helping decrease children's stress, and understanding how parent stress contributes to child stress. Dr. Rubin is with the Portsmouth Neuropsychology Center, LLC.
Cost: Free
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Parenting Together: Navigating Through Conflict (view)
Tuesdays, October 7 - 28, 6 -7:30 p.m.
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 (view)
Thursdays, October 9, 23 and 30, 9:30-11 a.m.
No matter how much you love your children, it's natural to feel 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 that you can 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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The ASD Toolbox: Presentation and Q&A (view)
Wednesday, October 15, 9:30 - 11:00am
This class for parents of children on the Autism Spectrum will provide tips and techniques using evidence-based practices that aim to improve behavior, emotional functioning and social interactions. Learn about the Incredible 5 Point Scale, how picture schedules can help and the value of social stories. Participants are encouraged to bring questions and examples of daily challenges that will be used to model how to use techniques. Taught by Dr. Erin Neely, Psy.D., a licensed clinical psychologist with a pediatric psychology practice in Greenland, treating children from preschool age through their early teens.
Cost: Free
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Toddler Playtime (view)
Mondays, 9:30-11 a.m. (except Aug. 25 and Sept. 1)
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. (No group Aug. 25, Sept. 1 or Oct. 13)
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):
*Sept. 8: Starting New Routines
*Sept. 15: Make your own Bird Feeder
*Sept. 22: Science Fun w/ Wayne!
*Sept. 29: Family Collage
*Oct. 6: Homemade Playdough
*Oct. 13: No Family Fun Night (Columbus Day)
*Oct. 20: B-I-N-G-O
*Oct. 27: Halloween Fun
Cost: Free
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Babytime (view)
Tuesdays, 10-11:30 a.m. (Next dates: September 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30. No group 8/26)
An educational, playful and supportive group for babies up to 12 months and their parents; expecting parents also welcome! A developmental therapist from Portsmouth Regional Hospital's CATCH program 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. (no group Aug. 27)
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 (view)
Fridays, 9:30-11 a.m. (no group Aug. 29)
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 (view)
Thursdays, 9:30-11 a.m. (beginning September 11)
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 (view)
Fridays, 9:30-11 a.m. (beginning September 12)
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


Mother-to-Mother Postpartum Group (view)
Tuesdays, 9-10 a.m. (Next dates: Aug. 26 and Sept. 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. Register online or call Susan at 207-439-3033.
Cost: Free
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Parent Recharge (view)
1st and 3rd Thursdays, 9:30-11 a.m. (Next dates: 9/4, 9/18/ 10/2)
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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