Family Focus

November 2023

Coming up at the Family Center

Parenting Classes

  • Introduction to Mindfulness for Families, Tuesdays Nov 7-Dec 19 (except 11/14) at 9:30 a.m., Families First, Portsmouth
  • Developmental Talk & Play, Monday Nov 13 at 10 a.m., Families First, Portsmouth
  • Parent Recharge Monday Nov 20 at 10 a.m., Families First, Portsmouth
  • Parenting a Second Time Around Tuesdays Oct 17- Dec 5 at 5:30 p.m., YMCA of the Seacoast, Portsmouth

Support Groups

  • Parents & Caregivers of Children with an Incarcerated Parent Last Mondays at 7 p.m., Online

Family Morning Out Playgroups

  • Portsmouth Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m., Families First
  • Babytime Wednesdays at 10 a.m., Idlehurst School, Somersworth
  • Seabrook Thursdays at 9:30 a.m., Rec Building
  • Exeter Thursdays at 9:30 a.m., Parks and Rec Building
  • Epping Fridays at 9:30 a.m., SAU Building
  • Somersworth Fridays at 9:30 a.m., Idlehurst School

For more about these programs, scroll down or see the Family Center calendar.

Family Center Calendar

Introduction to Mindfulness for Families

Tuesdays Nov 7 and Nov 21 - Dec 19

9:30-11 a.m. | Families First, Portsmouth

Free! With free child care (advance signup needed)

Nurture your mind, body and heart. Join us for a 6-week series.

  • 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

Please note there is no class on November 14

Sign up for Mindfulness

Parent Recharge

Ongoing | Monthly on 3rd Mondays

10-11:30 a.m. | Families First, Portsmouth

  • Next Parent Recharge on November 20
  • Enter the holiday season feeling relaxed and ready, come recharge those "parenting batteries" with us at Families First!
  • A morning of conversations and self-care
  • Free, with free child care provided!

We made white chocolate caramel dip with apples at the October Parent Recharge!

Parent Recharge Details & Signup

Developmental Talk & Play

Ongoing | Monthly on 2nd Mondays

10-11 a.m. | Families First, Portsmouth

  • Next Developmental Talk & Play on November 13
  • An hour of open play in our children's room with a visiting pediatric specialist
  • Hear tips and tricks to help your little one grow and develop at home, ask questions, or just come play!
  • Different specialist each month.

November Developmental Talk and Play will be with Speech-Language Pathologist Kelly McClintock!

Kelly will answer questions about speech and language development and give tips on how you can promote language development at home.

Developmental Talk & Play Details & Signup

World Kindness Day: November 13

Family Morning Out Playgroups

Join us for a fun morning out at playgroup!

  • Weekly in Portsmouth, Somersworth, Epping, Exeter, and Seabrook!
  • Our playgroups are free, for ages 0-5, and drop in's are welcome, no signup needed.
  • Everyone is welcome!
  • Visit our website for more details and up-to-date schedule information.

November Quote

Babytime Playgroup

Ongoing | Weekly

Wednesdays 10-11:30 a.m.

  • A free weekly playgroup in Somersworth for babies 0-1 year and their caregivers.
  • Join us for a fun morning out while socializing your little ones and chatting with other adults.
  • Held in the Families First classroom at Idlehurst Elementary School.

Signup not required. Drop-in's welcome!

Questions? Call our Family Center at (603) 422-8209.

Learn more about Babytime

World Kindness Day and Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is on November 28. This tell is all about doing good! Get your family involved and do some good on this day! Help a neighbor rake leaves, donate your time to an organization, or pick up trash at the beach.

Story to Tell?

With Thanksgiving coming up, we would love to hear words of gratitude about your experience with our organization. We will share your words with our staff and supporters to demonstrate the impact they have on people like you! If you have a comment to share, please click the button below or contact Donor Communications Coordinator Jodi Vallee by email or at 603-422-8208, Ext. 3159.

Share Words of Gratitude

Art at Home

Thankfulness Paper Chain

Cut paper into strips and find a visible place in your home to store them. Each day of November, ask your children to write down - or to tell you, for younger kiddos - something they are thankful for. Repeat this every day in November to create a beautiful paper chain of thankfulness.

What's Happening Around Town?

Craft Fairs on November 4

Kids Workshop at Home Depot

  • October 4, 9-12 p.m.
  • All ages welcome! Free!
  • Held at all Home Depot locations. Just drop in!
  • Every month on the first Saturday
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