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

Smooth Daily Routines (view flyer)
Thursday, 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 before the school year starts. With Parkie Boley.
Cost: Free
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Family Game Night (view flyer)
Tuesday, September 6, 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 family board games. With Wayne Moulton and Parkie Boley.
Cost: Free
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Recognizing and Addressing Signs of Substance Use (view flyer)
Tuesday, September 13, 6-7:30 p.m.
This program will provide parents with the tools they need to recognize substance use in their teens. Additionally, there will be guidance for parents on addressing any observed signs of substance use with their teen. Facilitated by Chris Placy of Substance Free Workplace.
Cost: Free
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Helping Siblings Get Along (view flyer)
Thursdays, September 15 & 29, 9:30-11 a.m.
Learn the surprising 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. Facilitated by Parkie Boley.
Cost: Free
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Communicating Without Arguing or Attitude (view flyer)
Tuesdays, September 20 & 27, 6-7:30 p.m.
You can have a much calmer home and smoother teen years. Turn arguments into discussions. Understand why children and teens communicate the way they do. Watch demonstrations of how to handle infuriating attitudes and avoid relentless arguing. Nurture respectful communications in your home. With Parkie Boley.
Cost: Free
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Guided ADD/ADHD Support Group (view flyer)
Thursdays, September 22 - November 10, 6-7:30 p.m.
When raising a child with ADD/ADHD, having a support network and learning about parenting strategies and community resources is vital. This group will be a place to connect with other parents, share valuable tips and techniques, and learn how to help your child succeed in school and at home. You will have ample opportunities to ask questions about your child's specific issues. Facilitator: Lynn Marsh, M.Ed., parent of three children with ADD/ADHD and a former school guidance counselor.
NOTE: This group will be taking 10 participants. If you are interested, please commit to attending at least 6 of the 8 weeks.
Cost: Free
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Effective Discipline (view flyer)
Tuesdays, October 4, 11 & 18, 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, and make sure you are not accidentally sabotaging the methods you use. These discipline strategies will be discussed: Teaching What You Expect; Successful Rules; Getting Cooperation; and Consequences that Teach Good Choices. Facilitator: Bob Pavlik, M.Ed.
Cost: Free
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Helping Children Become Good Problem Solvers (view flyer)
Thursday, October 13, 9:30-11 a.m.
It's hard to watch children struggle, and it's tempting to jump in with advice about what to do. But solving our children's problems robs them of the chance to learn how to work out solutions of their own. If you find yourself reassuring, rescuing or reminding your child what to do over and over again, chances are that you and your child would benefit from a problem-solving tune-up. Come to this Q&A with local psychologist and author Dr. Dawn Huebner for tips on how to help your children jump hurdles, become more independent, and solve problems on their own.
Cost: Free
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Kids and Anxiety: When It's More Than Just the Jitters (view flyer)
Tuesday, October 25, 6-7:30 p.m.
Many young people struggle with anxiety. Anxiety symptoms can harm children's academic functioning, social relationships, and ability to access support provided at school and at home. Dr. Laura Rubin, founder of the Portsmouth Neuropsychology Center, will help parents understand various types of anxiety. Participants will learn how to identify potential symptoms of anxiety in their child, help decrease their child's anxiety and help improve their child's coping skills. Dr. Rubin's talk will be followed by plenty of time for Q&A.
Cost: Free
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Improving Your Child's Self Control (view flyer)
Thursday, October 27, 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? Come to this presentation by Cate Jackson of Children's Rehab Center of PRH for some strategies that can help.
Cost: Free
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PARENT-CHILD GROUPS

Toddler Playtime (view flyer)
Mondays, 9:30-11 a.m. (except 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 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.) Facilitated by Allison Dillon. Advance signup is requested.
August 22nd: Make your own Playdough
August 29th: NO Family Fun Night
September 5th: NO Family Fun Night/Labour Day... but
Tuesday Sept. 6th: Come to Family Game Night, 6-7:30p.m. (see above)
September 12th: Starting New Routines
September 19th: Science Fun with Wayne
September 26th: Family Cooking Activity
October 3rd: Mini Carnival Night
October 10th: NO FFN/Columbus Day
October 17th: Create a Fall Project
October 24th: Family Ghost Hunt
October 31st: Halloween (Wear costumes!)
Cost: Free
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Babytime (view flyer)
Tuesdays, 10-11:30 a.m. (except Aug. 30) (Next dates: August 23, September 6, 13, 20, 27)
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. (except Aug. 31)
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. (except Sept. 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
Advance sign-up not needed
Preschool Playtime (view flyer)
Fridays, 9:30-11 a.m. (except Sept. 2)
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
Epping Family Morning Out: Starts September 16! (view flyer)
Fridays, 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 the SAU 14 Building, 213 Main Street, Epping.
Cost: Free
Advance sign-up not needed

PARENT GROUPS

Mother-to-Mother Postpartum Group (view flyer)
Tuesdays, 9-10 a.m. (Next dates: August 23, 30, September 6, 13, 20, 27)
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)
Alternate Thursdays, 9:30-11 a.m. (Next groups Sept. 8, 22, Oct. 6, 20)
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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