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

Keeping the Peace: Helping Siblings Get Along (view)
Tuesday, February 24, 6-7:30 p.m. and Thursday, April 9, 9:30-11 a.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. This class will also be offered on Thursday morning, April 9, 9:30-11 a.m.
Cost: Free
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How to Talk so Kids Will Listen (view)
Tuesday evenings, March 3 - 17, 2015, 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: Sue Schick, MA, guest presenter from The Upper Room.
Cost: Free
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Q & A on Anxiety and Your Child (view)
Thursday morning, March 12, 9:30-11 a.m.
Does your child worry too much? Does she ask endless questions, seek reassurance, fret when she feels unsure? Does your child avoid situations other children seem able to handle? Does he refuse to try new things or go places without you? Regardless of the form it takes, anxiety eats away at children's sense of well-being, causing heartache and stress to parents. But there is plenty you can do. Come to this Q&A with local psychologist and author Dr. Dawn Huebner to learn how to help the child who worries too much.
Cost: Free
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Understanding Executive Functioning (view)
Tuesday Evening, March 24, 6-7:30 p.m.
Executive Functions are skills that we use every day to plan ahead, stay organized, solve problems and focus. Children who have deficits in these areas struggle at home and in school. This workshop will provide participants with an in-depth understanding of how executive functioning impacts children educationally, and how a Section 504 Plan and / or an Individualized Education Plan (I.E.P.) can address these needs in order to support their learning. Presented by Mary Grillo of the Parent Information Center.
Cost: Free
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Helping Children Develop Self-Control (view)
Thursday morning, March 26, 9:30-11 a.m.
Does your child throw tantrums when she doesn't get what she wants? Does he hit his younger sibling? Does she respond, "No!" when you ask her to do something? Does he refuse to do things because he's afraid?
This talk will provide strategies to decrease challenging behaviors and promote your child's success. Dr. Rubin will provide a brief talk and leave plenty of time for questions and answers. Dr. Laura Rubin is founder of the Portsmouth Neuropsychology Center.
Cost: Free
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Effective Discipline (view)
Tuesday evenings, March 31 - April 28, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Learn which kinds of discipline are hurtful and which are helpful and effective. Find the strategies that will work for your family. Make sure that you are not accidentally sabotaging the methods you use. The following discipline strategies will be discussed: Teaching What You Expect; Successful Rules; Using 1,2,3 Magic; Getting Cooperation; and Consequences that Teach Good Choices. Facilitators: Joanna Wicklein, CFLE and Parkie Boley.
Cost: Free
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Keeping Your Cool: Anger Help for Everyday Parenting (view)
Thursday mornings April 23 and 30, 9:30-11 a.m.
Learn ways to reduce and handle anger so you can be the parent you want to be. Identify and understand your personal triggers; how anger works; how kids "push our buttons" and some strategies for you & your kids, w/ Bob Pavlik, M.ED
Cost: Free
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PARENT-CHILD GROUPS

Toddler Playtime (view)
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 or other caregivers: 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.
A fun, relaxing evening out for families who are experiencing stress. Includes a family dinner and family activities*.
February 23th: A warm welcome to Big Brothers Big Sisters
March 2nd: Musical Chairs, Obstacle Courses & More
March 9th: Mini Carnival Fun
March 16th: Leprechaun Traps & Green Smoothies!
March 23rd: Family Treasure Hunt
March 30th: Science Fun with Wayne!
April 6th: B-I-N-G-O
April 13th: Jump into Spring with Art
April 20th: Earth Day Celebration
April 27th: NO FFN (April vacation)
*Activities are subject to change.
Advance signup required.
Cost: Free
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Babytime (view)
Tuesdays, 10-11:30 a.m. (Next dates: Feb. 17, 24, Mar. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31)
An educational, playful and supportive group for babies up to 12 months and their parents or other caregivers; expecting parents also welcome. A developmental therapist from the Children's Rehab Center of Portsmouth Regional 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.
Join children ages two to three for gym, circle time, songs, story, snack, fun activities and friendships. For parents or other caregivers: 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 Feb. 26)
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 (view)
Thursdays, 3 - 4:30 p.m.
A playgroup for children ages 1-5 and parents or other caregivers(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 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.
Join children ages 3 to 5 and parents or other caregivers 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. (This group will not run Feb. 20 or Feb. 27)
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: Feb. 17, 24, Mar. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31)
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: March 5, 19, Apr. 2, 16)
Kick back, get involved in relaxing activities, and recharge your parenting battery. Child care and refreshments included. Facilitator: Peggy Meyers.

Cost: Free
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