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Families First Health & Support Center

100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth
603-422-8209

June 2019

$5

Terrific Twos Playtime

Wednesday, June 19 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
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Weekly on Wednesday mornings
Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

Held each Wednesday morning (except during the last week of August and the last week of December), for children ages 2 to 3 and their parents or caregivers. Your child will enjoy gym, circle time, songs, story, snack, fun activities and first friendships. Parents and caregivers get ideas for activities and parenting and a chance to connect with other parents. With Parkie Boley.

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Free (includes child care with advance signup)

Sober Parenting Journey

Wednesday, June 19 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 4:30 pm on Wednesday, happening 14 times

Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

What Is Sober Parenting Journey? Sober Parenting Journey is a 14 week session group (2 hours weekly) specifically designed for parents in recovery. This program helps parents explore past family patterns, begin to heal past wounds, and seize the opportunity to take a new path that involves personal responsibility, sobriety, and the mobilization of hope through focused action. Sober Parenting Journey will help you to: Identify Strengths and increase your resiliency. Build greater trust and connections to others. Become more…

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Free (includes child care with advance signup)

Parent Recharge

Thursday, June 20 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
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The first and third Thursday morning each month
Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

Held on the 1st and 3rd Thursday morning of each month. Need some time to relax with other grownups? Want your kids to be socializing while you do? Kick back, get involved in relaxing activities, and recharge your parenting battery. Child care and refreshments included. With Allison Dillon.

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$5

Preschool Playtime

Friday, June 21 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
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Weekly on Friday mornings
Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

Preschool Playtime is held each Friday (except during the last week of August and the last week of December) for children ages 3 to 5 with their parents or other caregivers. Children enjoy gym, circle time, songs, story, snack, fun activities and friendships. Adults share ideas for activities and parenting and have a chance to connect with other parents. With Parkie Boley.

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$5

Toddler Playtime

Monday, June 24 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:30 am on Monday, repeating indefinitely

Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

Toddler Playtime is held each Monday morning (except during the last week of August and the last week of December), for children ages 1 to 2, and their parents or caregivers. Your child will enjoy gym, circle time, songs, story, snack, fun activities and first friendships, while you get new ideas for activities and parenting, and a chance to connect with other parents. Facilitator: Parkie Boley.

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Free

Mother-to-Mother Postpartum Group

Tuesday, June 25 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
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Weekly on Tuesday mornings
Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

Held each Tuesday morning, Mother-to-Mother Connections offers support to 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! With Susan Remillard, PCD (DONA), CLC, who is trained in birth and postpartum care. For more info, call Susan at 207-439-3033. Free child care with advance signup.

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Free

Babytime

Tuesday, June 25 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
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Tuesday mornings, 10-11:30
Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

Held every Tuesday morning (except during the last week of August and the last week of December), Babytime is an educational, playful and supportive group for babies up to 12 months old 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. If you need child care for older siblings, please sign…

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Free (includes child care with advance signup)

Summer Reading Success

Tuesday, June 25 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

Summer is a time of relaxation, rest, and…reading together! Parents who read to their children every day and talk about what they are reading help their kids succeed in school. Join us and learn about simple things you can do to spark your child’s love of reading this summer. Facilitated by Maureen Donnelly, M. Ed, Curriculum Manager, TobiiDynavox.

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Free (includes child care with advance signup

How to Help Your Screaming Toddler

Thursday, June 27 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

Does your toddler cry, whine and scream for everything? What is the best way to respond to these challenging behaviors? This discussion will offer strategies for dealing with tantrums during the toddler years based on the work of author and educator, Janet Lansbury. Facilitated by Parkie Boley,

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July 2019

Free (includes child care with advance signup)

No Drama Discipline

Tuesday, July 2 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

This 7-week series introduces parents to the communication and discipline strategies from No Drama Discipline by Dan Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson. We will look at how we react to our kids’ misbehavior and learn ways to strengthen relationships and resolve conflicts with our kids. July 2-Chapter 1: ReTHINKING Discipline July 9-Chapter 2: Your brain on discipline July 16-Chapter 3: From tantrum to Tranquility July 23-Chapter 4: No-Drama Connection in Action July 30-Chapter 5: 1-2-3 Discipline--Redirecting for today and tomorrow…

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Independence Day

Thursday, July 4
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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 4 of July, repeating indefinitely

Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

Families First is closed for Independence Day.

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Free (includes child care with advance signup)

Progress Not Perfection

Thursday, July 11 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

Shaming, inconsistency and negativity are not good for our kids, and yet we all fall into these patterns at times. It is never too late to become the parent you want to be. This discussion is based on the work of author and educator, Janet Lansbury. Facilitated by Patrice Baker.

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Free (includes child care with advance signup)

The Power of Positivity

Thursday, July 25 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

Do you need help finding more happiness and joy in parenting -- and in life? Learn strategies (scientifically proven) for developing a more positive outlook... and explore ideas for encouraging kids to do the same. Based on the findings of researcher and author, Shawn Achor. Facilitated by Patrice Baker.

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August 2019

Free

Parent Recharge

Thursday, August 1 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
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Held on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays each month
Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

Need some time to relax with other grownups? Want your kids to be socializing while you do? Kick back, get involved in relaxing activities, and recharge your parenting battery. Child care and refreshments included. Facilitated by Patrice Baker.

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Free

Caregiver Group

Thursday, August 1 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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First Thursday of each month
Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

This group is for any individual or family who is managing the care of a loved one with dementia, either at home or in a care community. Meetings are run by trained volunteer Dick Chamberlain and Families First social worker Cindi Shanley. To learn more, call Mr. Chamberlain at (603) 642-8758, or just drop into the next session.

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Free (includes child care with advance signup)

Advice & Inspiration

Thursday, August 8 @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 9:30 am on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, August 22, 2019

Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

Dr. Brené Brown is a professor and researcher who has a lot to teach us about courage, shame, vulnerability and empathy. In this two-part class, we will listen to and discuss her Ted Talks and interviews, and walk away with ideas and inspiration for “parenting bravely.” Facilitated by Patrice Baker.

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Free (includes child care with advance signup)

Back to School Routines

Tuesday, August 20 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

Routines create a strong family foundation. They provide kids with consistency and a sense of security, and they are especially important during times of transition—like the back to school season. Learn how you can help your child succeed by creating structure, setting limits, identifying strengths and using logical consequences. Facilitated by Bob Pavlik.

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No Family Center programs this week

Monday, August 26 - Friday, August 30
Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

With the exception of Mother-to-Mother Connections and Sober Parenting Journey, which will still be held, there will be no playgroups, parent support groups or parenting classes held this week.  See you after Labor Day.

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September 2019

Parenting Class

Tuesday, September 3 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

Families First offers free parenting classes on the 2nd, 4th (and 5th if there is one) Thursdays of each month at 9:30 a.m. Free child care is always included if you sign up in advance! Please check back closer to the time to find out the topic for each class.  You may opt to be added to the wait list. You may also sign up for our Family Focus newsletter to get announcements by email.

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December 2019

Christmas Day

Wednesday, December 25
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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 25 of December, repeating indefinitely

Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

Families First is closed.

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January 2020

New Year’s Day

Wednesday, January 1, 2020
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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 1 of January, repeating indefinitely

Families First Health & Support Center,
100 Campus Drive, Portsmouth

Families First is closed today. Happy New Year.

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