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:
• 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

Active Parenting Series
Tuesdays, May 3 - 31, 6-7:30 p.m.
Come discover some of the most effective parenting techniques and find the ones that will work for your family. For parents with children of any age, infants through teens.
- Styles of parenting; Giving Choices
- Teaching values & responsibility
- Understanding & redirecting misbehavior
- Building courage, character & self-esteem
- Balancing the parenting load
With Parkie Boley and Bob Pavlik, M.Ed.
Cost: Free
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Helping Siblings Get Along
Tuesdays, June 7 & 14, 6-7:30 p.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 Bob Pavlik, M.Ed.
Cost: Free
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Creating and Teaching Behavioral Scripts
Thursday, June 9, 9:30-11 a.m.
When telling your child a thousand times isn't enough, it's time for a behavioral script. Come to a Q&A with psychologist and author Dr. Dawn Huebner to learn what a behavioral script is and how to teach (and motivate) your child to use one.
Cost: Free
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Parenting & Technology
Tuesday, June 21, 6-7:30p.m.
The mix of kids and technology presents parents with a lot of pros and cons to weigh. Psychologist Laura Rubin will give a presentation on the challenges of parenting during the digital age, followed by a group discussion on navigating the increasing use of technology in children's and adolescents' lives.
Cost: Free
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No! When and How to Say It
Thursday, June 23, 9:30-11 a.m.
Some parents say it all the time. Others never do. Where's the happy medium? Come find out alternatives to No, and when No is just the right thing to say so your child really understands. Facilitated by Parkie Boley.
Cost: Free
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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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PARENT-CHILD GROUPS

Toddler Playtime (view flyer)
Mondays, 9:30-11 a.m. (except May 30, July 4)
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
Wamesit Playgroup (view flyer)
Mondays, 9:30-11 a.m. (except May 30) through June 6.
For children ages birth to 6 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: MJ Keane. Held at Greenleaf Recreation Center, 195 Greenleaf Ave., Portsmouth.
After June 6, this group will take a break for the summer and resume in the fall.
Cost: Free
Advance sign-up not needed
Family Fun Night (view flyer)
Mondays, 5:30-7:30 p.m. (except May 30, July 4)
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.
May 30th: No Family Fun Night (Memorial Day)
Jun. 6th: Paper Airplane Competition
Jun. 13th: Family Game Night
Jun. 20th: Outdoor Fun & Ice Cream Party
Jun. 27th: Homemade Jelly Slime

Cost: Free
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Babytime (view flyer)
Tuesdays, 10-11:30 a.m. (Next dates: May 31, June 7, 14, 21, 28)
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
Epping Family Morning Out (view flyer)
Fridays, 9:30-11 a.m. (Except June 3. The last date for the school year will be June 17. Summer dates: July 15-August 12).
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: May 31, June 7, 14, 21, 28)
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: May 19, June 2, 16)
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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