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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PARENTING CLASSES

Discipline Series (Note: Child care is full for this program) (view)
Tuesdays, April 15, 22 and 29, 6-7:30 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: Successful Rules; Teaching What You Expect; Using 1,2,3 Magic; Getting Cooperation; and Consequences that Teach Good Choices. Facilitators: Bob Pavlik and Parkie Boley.
(PLEASE NOTE: Child care is full for this program. Parents may still attend without children. Parents may ask to be put on a waiting list for child care, or on a list of people to be notified the next time the program is offered. Please specify in the first box in the registration form.)
Cost: Free
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Educating Kids About Key Financial Concepts (view)
Thursday, April 24, 9:30-11 a.m.
Steven Smith of The Provident Bank will present Banking Basics: Educating Kids on Key Financial Concepts, including saving, opening an account, interest, terminology, identity theft tips and more.
Cost: Free
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When Tempers Flare (view)
Tuesdays, May 6, 13, 20 and 27, 6-7:30 p.m.
All parents feel stress, frustration or anger in day-to-day parenting, no matter how much they love their children. It's natural to feel these emotions 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 choose to learn strategies, and tips to handle these emotions. Once you know them, you can 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 evening will include strategies that you can use at home. Many parents, like you, have found solutions in these classes!
May 6: Your triggers/your physiology: Recognizing your personal warning signals. With Bob Pavlik, M.Ed.
May 13: How kids are programmed to push our buttons. With Bob Pavlik, M.Ed.
May 20: What happens in the brain when we get angry, and how our thoughts and behaviors affect our emotions. With Pete Fifield, M.S. LCMHC, MLADC
May 27: Changing unhealthy REACTIONS to healthier RESPONSES, and reducing stress. With Jill Capobianco, ARNP.
Cost: Free
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Toilet Learning Made Easier (view)
Thursday, May 08, 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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Making Home Healthy (view)
Tuesday, May 22, 9:30-11 a.m.
Families First nutritionist Sharon Dubois-Carney will share ways to shore up your family's nutrition and health by creating and modeling daily healthy habits.
Cost: Free
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Talking Safety (Without Scaring Your Kids) (view)
Thursday morning, May 29, 2014, 9:30-11 a.m.
Portsmouth Police Detective Jacques will share safety tips for parents of school-aged children. Walk away with some common-sense dos and don'ts, and how to talk to your child about safety in a non-alarming, everyday way.
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: 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. Advance signup required; call 603-422-8208 ext. 332.
Cost: Free
Phone registration only. Please call the above number.
Babytime (view)
Tuesdays, 10-11:30 a.m. (Next dates: April 15, 22, 29)
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.
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. (Next dates: April 17; No group April 24. 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 Exeter Parks and Recreation (32 Court Street, Exeter).
Cost: Free
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Epping Family Morning Out (view)
Fridays, 9:30-11 a.m. (Next date: April 18; No group April 11 or 25)
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
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Preschool Playtime (view)
Fridays, 9:30-11 a.m.
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
Mixed-Age Afternoon Playgroup (view)
Thursdays, 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: Patricia Keck.
Cost: $5 per family per week
Pre-registration not needed

PARENT GROUPS

Mother-to-Mother Postpartum Group (view)
Tuesday mornings, 9-10a.m. (Next dates: April 15, 22, 29)
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: April 17, May 1, 15)
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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