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)

PARENTING CLASSES

How to Talk So Kids Will Listen and Listen So Kids Will Talk (view)
Tuesdays, July 29 and August 5, 6-7:30 p.m.
Tired of having to repeat things 20 times? Do you wish your child would just listen and cooperate!?!? Come to this program to learn how to connect with your child while keeping your authority and providing guidance. The program will cover getting cooperation, consequences that teach, defusing outbursts and strong feelings, and teaching kids to solve their own problems. Learn some of the best strategies, and experience some immediate success. Based on the best-selling book with the same title by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish. Facilitator: Bob Pavlik, M.Ed
Cost: Free
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Working With Schools to Maximize Your Child's Learning Experience (view)
Thursday, July 31, 9:30-11 a.m.
One of the best ways to help your child thrive in school is to know how to communicate with teachers and other school personnel. This class is designed for all parents, including parents of children with special needs. Families First Family Center Director Georgie Clark will address such questions as, "What is FAPE (Free Appropriate Public Education)?" ... "How do I know if my child needs special education services?" ... and others.
Cost: Free
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Teaching Kids Respect and Manners (view)
Tuesday, August 12, 6-7:30 p.m.
Do your kids understand the concepts of respect? Integrity? Do they have a clear understanding of good manners? This class will help parents identify reasonable boundaries and expectations that will help teach these important concepts. Bob Pavlik, M.Ed.
Cost: Free
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Transitioning to Fall Routines (view)
Thursday, August 14, 9:30-11 a.m.
Whether your child is starting preschool for the first time, entering a new school, or is a 10th grader going back to the same school, this discussion will help your family get off on the right track this fall. Learn how to set up routines, juggle schedules, and give your child the preparation that will prevent meltdowns later. Facilitated by Bob Pavlik, M.Ed. (This topic will also be covered on Tuesday evening, August 19, 6-7:30.)
Cost: Free
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Transitions: Setting Your Child up for Success (view)
Tuesday evening, August 19, 6-7:30 p.m.
Whether your child is starting preschool for the first time, entering a new school, or is a 10th grader going back to the same school, this discussion will help your family get off on the right track this fall. Learn how to set up routines, juggle schedules, and give your child the preparation that will prevent meltdowns later. Facilitated by Bob Pavlik, M.Ed. (This topic will also be covered on Thursday morning, August 14, 9:30-11.)
Cost: Free
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PARENT-CHILD GROUPS

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 or Sept. 1)
A fun, relaxing evening out for families who are experiencing stress. Includes a family dinner and family activities. Advance signup required. July 21st: Health & Fitness Fun July 28th: Whats in a Dream? Activity w/Barbara Nickelson August 4th: Fun with Water, Bubbles & Chalk August 11th: Family Treasure Hunt August 18th: Egg Painting with Marina Forbes
Cost: Free
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Babytime (view)
Tuesdays, 10-11:30 a.m. (Next dates: July 22, 29, Aug. 4, 11, 18)
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
Epping Summer Morning Out (starts July 15) (view)
Tuesdays, 9:30-11a.m. (July 15 - August 5)
Epping Summer Morning Out is 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 Epping Elementary School, Prospect Street, Epping. Epping Summer Morning Out runs through August 5, 2014.
Cost: Free
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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
Exeter Summer Morning Out (view)
Thursdays 9:30-11 a.m., July 10 - August 14
Exeter Summer Morning Out is 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 Exeter Recreation Center, Court Street, Exeter. This group will run July 10 through August 14, 2014.
Cost: Free
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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

PARENT GROUPS

Mother-to-Mother Postpartum Group (view)
Tuesdays, 9-10 a.m. (Next dates: July 22, 29, Aug. 5, 12, 19, 26)
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: Aug 7, 21)
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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