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

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, and make sure 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 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. Week 1: Stress reduction for parents, with Jill Capobianco, ARNP. Week 2: Identify and understand your personal triggers; how anger works; how kids "push our buttons" and some strategies for you and your kids, with Parkie Boley.
Cost: Free
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Teaching Right From Wrong (view)
Tuesday evening, May 5, 6-7:30 p.m.
Come review your role in setting your child's moral compass. The work you do now will set standards of integrity, respect and loyalty that will guide your children now and into their teen years. Facilitated by Bob Pavlik, M.Ed.
Cost: Free
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Smooth Daily Routines (view)
Tuesday evening, May 12, 6-7:30 p.m.
Like the walls of a house, routines provide structure that families need to help keep the chaos out of their lives. Join this class to troubleshoot or fine tune your morning, playtime, homework, dinner or bedtime routines. With Bob Pavlik, M.Ed.
Cost: Free
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Your Child's Frustration: A Q&A with Dr. Dawn Huebner (view)
Thursday morning, May 14, 2015, 9:30-11 a.m.
Does your child give up easily? Is he unwilling to try new things? Does she fall apart at the first sign of difficulty? Is your child a perfectionist? Overly competitive? Unable to go through the paces of learning something new? Grit (or stick-to-it-iveness) is a trait, but it's also a skill and, like all skills, grit can be taught. Come to this Q&A with psychologist and author Dr. Dawn Huebner. Learn to respond more effectively to your child's tears and negative talk (hint: cheerleading doesn't work while fortifying your child to better manage challenges.
Cost: free
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An Intro to Your Child's Digital Life (view)
Tuesday evening, May 19, 6-7:30 p.m.
Come take a tour of the digital world your children are growing up with and the apps kids and teens are using these days. Learn how to stay current in this ever-changing area without spending all your time doing it, and how to set limits on screen time without constant nagging and supervision. With Wayne Moulton, Jr., of The Sages of RPG Gaming Group.
Cost: Free
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Manners - They're Still Important (view)
Tuesday evening, May 26, 6-7:30 p.m.
Do your kids have a clear understanding of good manners? Do they understand the concepts of respect and integrity? 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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Logical Consequences (view)
Thursday morning, May 28, 9:30-11 a.m.
For parents with kids of all ages: Come learn the beauty of logical consequences. No more "That's not fair!" Know how and when to intervene, and when to let your child's choices reveal their own consequences. With Bob Pavlik, M.Ed.
Cost: Free
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Winning at Parenting (view)
Tuesday evenings, June 2 and 9, 6-7:30 p.m.
Start with a philosophy that kids are worth it, and get new ideas for enjoying your family and all the struggles and celebrations family life entails. Lively commentary encourages parents to teach children HOW to think, not WHAT to think. Learn strategies for getting kids' cooperation with chores, tips for getting children started at handling their own finances, and lessons for helping children take responsibility for their actions. Facilitated by Sue Schick.
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*.
April 27th: NO FFN (April vacation)
May 4th: Family Game Night
May 11th: Make Your Own Playdough
May 18th: N. Hampton School Storytellers
May 25th: No Family Fun Night tonight
June 1st: Face Painting w/Elias, Nature Exploration
June 8th: Summer Crafts
June 15th: Outdoor Treasure Hunt & Ice Cream Party
June 22nd: Bubbles, Chalk & Water (You May Get Wet!)
June 29th: No Family Fun Night tonight
*Activities are subject to change.
Advance signup required.
Cost: Free
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Babytime (view)
Tuesdays, 10-11:30 a.m. (Next dates: April 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26)
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 April 30)
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. (Ends April 30, 2015)
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. (Except May 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 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: April 28, May 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. 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: May 7, 21, June 4, 18)
Kick back, get involved in relaxing activities, and recharge your parenting battery. Child care and refreshments included. Facilitator: Bob Pavlik.

Cost: Free
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