Family Focus
March 2023
Parenting Classes, Support Groups, & Family Programs | Mar/Apr 2023
Communication is Key
Wednesdays March 15, April 19, and May 17,
6-7:30p.m., Online

  • Practical and concrete strategies
  • Improve communication among family members of all ages
  • Build effective communication skills for when challenging situations arise
  • Three-part series, join us for one or all!
  • Led by Gina Genest, M.Ed., owner of The Mindful Zone, LLC.
Introduction to Potty Training
March 27, 9:30-11 a.m.
Families First, Portsmouth
  • No-stress techniques
  • Proven strategies
  • Information and Q&A
  • Free child care during the program
| New Support Group | The Families We Make, Coffee and Company
Are you a grandparent, family member, or kinship caregiver who is raising children? Join Ellen Michniewicz for this exciting new group!

  • Free coffee and snacks
  • Celebrate successes and share challenges
  • Friendly and welcoming
  • Learn about resources and connect with others

Join us on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of each month.
2nd Tuesday meets at Idlehurst Elementary in Somersworth, 4th Tuesday is online.
Drop in's welcome! Sign Up Here for the Zoom Link
Making Space: Introduction to Mindfulness
Mondays, April 10 - May 15
9:30-10:30 a.m.
Families First, Portsmouth
  • 6-week series
  • Nurture your mind, body, and heart
  • Enhance your relationships
  • Increase joy and well-being
  • Learn strategies and practices to calm and focus your mind
  • Reduce your symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression
  • Taught by Kathleen Macleod, mindfulness meditation teacher
  • Free child care during the program
Shopping on a Budget: With Cooking Matters
April 13, 9:30-11 a.m.
Families First, Portsmouth
Take a stroll through our pop-up grocery store at Families First, where we will discuss

  • Healthy choices in each aisle
  • Benefits of each food group
  • How to read nutrition facts labels
  • How to use unit prices to make the most of your food dollars
  • How to save money at the grocery store

Free child care provided during this program and all participants will go home with a $10 Hannaford gift card.
Family Morning Out Playgroups
Join us:
  • Portsmouth on Wednesdays, 9:30-11a.m., Families First, 8 Greenleaf Woods Dr.
  • Exeter on Thursdays, 9:30-11 a.m., at the Parks & Rec building, 32 Court St.
  • Somersworth on Fridays, 9:30-11 a.m., at Idlehurst School, 46 Stackpole Rd.
  • Epping on Fridays,9:30-11 a.m., in the SAU building, 213 Main St.
  • Coming in April... Babytime! A playgroup for babies 0-12 months.

Free. In-person. No signup necessary.

February Family Morning Out Fun!
Daily Affirmations for your Child
I Love My Body, a song by Mother Moon
  1. I am important and special.
  2. Mistakes and challenges help me learn and grow.
  3. I am confident and brave.
  4. My voice matters.
  5. I can do anything.
  6. I can take deep breaths.
  7. My best is enough.
  8. I believe in spreading joy.
  9. My problems have solutions.
  10. I can be myself.
March Quote
"Be proud of your child, accept him as he is and do not heed the words and stares of those who know no better. This child has a meaning for you and for all children. You will find a joy you cannot now suspect in fulfilling his life for and with him."
-Pearl S. Buck
Volunteers Needed
Families First is looking for volunteers to help with child care during morning parent education programs.

For more information click here or call Lisa at (603) 422-8208 x3311
| New Playgroup | Babytime
Beginning April 5
  • Make connections
  • Encourage social development for your baby
  • Talk about challenges and celebrate successes
  • Meet other parents and caregivers
  • More information to come!
What's Happening Around Town?
Sonatina Center

  • Art Therapy Groups
  • Music Therapy Groups
  • Creative Arts Enrichment
  • Groove & Grow Music
  • Baby Grooves
  • Makin' A Mess With Me
  • Makin' A Mess On My Own
  • Adult Open Art Studio
  • Scholarships available!