Current Programs & Signup
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 signup is needed for most programs and is always needed for child care; click the "sign up now" link under each program description or call (603) 422-8208 x2.

Related links:
• Summertime Fun 2016
• Program listings in PDF Calendar
E-newsletter
Child care during programs
• Weather-related closings
• Program fees
Family Center Registration Form (to fill out before first visit)
Attendance reports (how to request)

PARENTING CLASSES

Becoming a Digital Citizen (view flyer)
Tuesday evening, June 28, 6-7:30 p.m.
Prepare yourself and your school-aged children as they forge their way in the online world. Take a tour of 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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Beyond Time Out
Thursday, June 30, 9:30-11 a.m.
You've counted. You've stayed calm. You've sent your child to his room but nothing has changed. When should you use time out, and when does the situation call for something different? What would that something different be? Come get help with decision-making around time-out, and explore methods that go beyond it. With Parkie Boley.
Cost: Free
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Family Game Night (view flyer)
Tuesday evening, July 5, 6-7:30 p.m.
Get ready, set, play! Parents will hone the art of setting up for success. Join us for a light family supper followed by active family games. With Parkie Boley and Wayne Moulton
Cost: Free
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Keeping Your Cool: Anger Help for Everyday Parenting (view flyer)
Tuesdays, July12-26, 6-7:30 p.m.
Learn ways to reduce and handle anger so you can be the parent you want to be.
Week 1: Identify and understand your personal triggers; how anger works; how kids "push our buttons"; strategies for you and your kids, with Parkie Boley
Week 2: What happens in our brains when we become angry, with Pete Fifield, LCMHC
Week 3: Stress reduction for parents, with Jill Capobianco
Cost: Free
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Please Go To Sleep! (view flyer)
Thursday, July 14, 9:30-11 a.m.
Baby not sleeping through the night? Child resisting bedtime? Come to this presentation by Shawnee L. Baker RN of Advanced Nurturing LLC that will address the foundations, biology and four pillars of sleep. Shawnee will offer early sleep solutions for babies (as young as 4 months old) and children (up to 6 years old). You will take away some methods for applying positive reinforcement and behavioral strategies to sleep.
Cost: Free
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Pay Attention! (view flyer)
Thursday, July 28, 9:30-11 a.m.
Do you find yourself repeating directions? Does it take time to get your child's attention? Do you think your child ignores you? Do you wonder if your child has "difficulties with attention"? Do you?
We hear so much about attention these days. What does it all mean?
This workshop will present the topic of paying attention, a few ways to understand it and a few traps we fall into when we don't understand it. It will help you understand how attention fits into learning style. You will leave understanding yourself and children a bit better.
Workshop presented by Mollie Allen, MEd
Cost: free
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How to Talk So Kids Will Listen (view flyer)
Tuesdays, August 2-9, 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 and Pamela Miller Sallet, MA of The Upper Room.
Cost: Free
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Back to School Jitters - the Good, the Bad & the Ugly: A Q&A (view flyer)
Thursday morning, August 11, 9:30-11 a.m.
Eager... excited... nervous... scared... And that's just how YOU are feeling! Come to a Q&A with local psychologist and author Dawn Huebner, PhD. Learn to use the next few weeks to get your children ready for school, from shifting bedtimes to creating morning routines that work, dealing with jitters, practicing goodbyes, and more.
Cost: Free
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More 1-2-3 Magic (view flyer)
Tuesdays, August 16-23, 6-7:30 p.m.
Parents will leave this program with strategies proven to get kids to start good behaviors. Frustrating situations such as getting kids to bed, up and out on time in the morning, cleanup, mealtimes and homework will be easier. Includes video lecture and demonstrations, class discussion and practical activities. You don't need to have taken the original 1-2-3 Magic program to get a lot of out this one. Facilitator: Bob Pavlik, M.Ed.
Cost: Free
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Smooth Daily Routines (view flyer)
Thursday morning, August 25, 9:30-11 a.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, afternoon, dinner and bedtime routines. With Parkie Boley.
Cost: Free
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PARENT-CHILD GROUPS

Toddler Playtime (view flyer)
Mondays, 9:30-11 a.m. (except July 4, Aug. 29 and Sept. 5)
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
Advance sign-up not needed
Family Fun Night (view flyer)
Mondays, 5:30-7:30 p.m. (except July 4, Aug. 29 and Sept. 5)
A fun, relaxing evening out for families who are experiencing stress. Includes a family dinner and family activities. (Activities are subject to change.) Advance signup is required.
Jun. 27th: Homemade Jelly Slime
July 4th: NO Family Fun Night
July 11th: Painting Extravangza!!
July 18th: Family BINGO Night
July 25th: Recycled Creations
August 1st: Outdoor Games & Fun
August 8th: Egg Drop Experiment
August 15th: Fun with Summer Crafts
August 22nd: Make your own Playdough
August 29th: NO Family Fun Night
September 5th: NO Family Fun Night
Cost: Free
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Babytime (view flyer)
Tuesdays, 10-11:30 a.m. (Next dates: June 28, July 5, 12, 19, 26)
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. Free child care offered for older siblings (advance signup required). Facilitator: Parkie Boley. Drop-ins welcome.
Cost: Free
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Terrific Twos Playtime (view flyer)
Wednesdays, 9:30-11 a.m.
For children ages 2 to 3: 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
Advance sign-up not needed
Exeter Family Morning Out (view flyer)
Thursdays, 9:30-11 a.m.
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
Advance sign-up not needed
Preschool Playtime (view flyer)
Fridays, 9:30-11 a.m.
For children ages 3 to 5: 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
Advance sign-up not needed

PARENT GROUPS

Mother-to-Mother Postpartum Group (view flyer)
Tuesdays, 9-10 a.m. (Next dates: June 28, July 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. Facilitated by Susan Remillard, PCD DONA, CLC, who is trained in birth and postpartum care. For more information, call Susan at 207-439-3033. Child care available for older siblings.
Cost: Free
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Parent Recharge (view flyer)
1st and 3rd Thursdays, 9:30-11 a.m. (Next dates: July 7, 21)
Kick back, get involved in relaxing activities and recharge your parenting battery. Child care and refreshments included. Facilitated by Allison Dillon.
Cost: Free
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