Family Focus
Programs & Ideas | October 2020
Individual Support and Group Programs for Parents
While the pandemic keeps us from meeting in person, we still offer many options for group and individual parent education and support. Parenting is one of the hardest and most important jobs there is. Let us help you build your network of support, connect to local resources, manage stress, learn about child development and expand your parenting toolbox. See our Fall 2020 programs by clicking the image below for a PDF, or the blue button for online listings.
Parents, grandparents, foster parents and relative caregivers parenting children of any age are welcome. Programs are free. Fall 2020 programs are offered by Zoom or phone, with limited in-person meetings. Give us a call to learn more: 603-422-8209
Talking with Kids About COVID
As this pandemic continues, kids and adults are dealing with stress and uncertainty. It is important to keep the lines of communication open with our kids, so they feel safe and comfortable asking questions and sharing their feelings. These conversation starters may help:

  • Wearing masks and staying at a distance from others is not something we were used to doing. How do you feel about that?
  • When our minds are stuck on bad things, it can be really hard to focus on other things. Have you ever felt this way? What kinds of things does your mind get stuck on?
If you want to talk more about how to help your kids cope with worry or share their feelings, sign up online for a Parenting Chat (look on the calendar for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday options) or call (603) 422-8209.
Feeling Disconnected from Other Moms?
Mother to Mother Group
Tuesdays 9-10 am
Online (Zoom app required)
Come join our community of moms for support, encouragement and connection as we navigate parenting during a pandemic together. We especially welcome new moms with infants who are experiencing postpartum adjustment. One of our facilitators, Susan Remillard, PCD (DONA), CLC, is trained in birth and postpartum care. All moms are welcome.
Breathing ... To Remain Calm
Try this breathing technique whenever anyone in your family needs to pause and manage big feelings. Controlled breathing has been shown to reduce stress and calm your nervous system.

  • Imagine you are holding a warm cup of hot chocolate.
  • Wrap you hands around the cup and feel the warmth on your palms
  • Slowly raise the cup to smell the delicious chocolate as you inhale through your nose for 3 seconds
  • Breathe out slowly and gently through your mouth to cool the hot chocolate without blowing the whipped cream and marshmallows off the top! (about 5 seconds)
  • Repeat 5 times or until you feel calmer