Parent education programs are offered on a variety of topics and range from one-time workshops to multi-week series. Programs provide parents an opportunity to answer questions and develop new skills in a supportive and confidential environment. Class schedules are published quarterly and include such topics as growth and development, empowerment, empathy, positive discipline, and co-parenting. Most classes are offered free of charge and many include dinner and childcare. On-going support groups are also offered. Please see our Current Schedule for a list of upcoming programs, and look below for detailed descriptions of these and other past programming that is likely to be offered again in the near future. To register or get more information on session dates, please call Tricia T. at (603) 528-0391 or email tricia.tousignant@lrcs.org.

“… I loved every class.  I had a safe place to grow.”  Parent Education participant

 

Parenting Programs

Sober Parenting Journey

Tuesday evenings from 5:30-8:00pm beginning March 6 (14 weeks)

Addiction is complicated and difficult to overcome.  Parents and caregivers in recovery face the additional challenge of building strong, positive relationships with their children while maintaining sobriety, which can be both rewarding and daunting.  Sober Parenting Journey provides a valuable source of fellowship and support and enhances awareness of triggers that may bring about relapse.  Personal recovery, accountability, positive actions, and hard work are only some of the topics discussed by group members.  Participants in this class should have at least 90 days sobriety prior to the start of the class.  Dinner served during class.

Meets on 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/3, 4/10, 4/17, 5/1, 5/8, 5/15, 5/22, 5/29, 6/5 & 6/12.

Tenant 101

Tuesday evenings from 6:00-8:00pm beginning March 6 (4 weeks)

Do you have poor or negative landlord references? Do you want to work on changing them? In this 4-week series, you will learn how to be the best tenant you can be. Topics include what to look for in an apartment, how to complete a rental application, what to expect in an interview, evaluating whether or not an apartment is affordable, landlord/tenant rights, the eviction process, and being a good neighbor.  Dinner served at 5:30pm.

Meets on 3/6, 3/13, 3/20 & 3/27.

Nurturing Skills for Families

Daytime and Evening Sessions Available!

Thursdays 11:00 am-1:00 pm Lunch included.  –OR– Thursdays 6:00-8:00 pm Dinner served from 5:30-6:00 pm

In this evidence-based program, parents will learn new beliefs, knowledge, and skills that improve their family’s overall level of functioning. The course is made up of four modules—Developing Empathy and Self-Awareness; Positive Discipline Practices and Techniques; Developing Personal Power and Keeping Kids Safe; and Understanding Children’s Growth and Development.  Each module is made up of five to six classes, and incoming parents will be asked to participate in an orientation offered at the start of each module.  Once orientation is complete, parents and other caregivers can choose to join us for one module or for the entire series.

Next session: Developing Empathy & Self-Awareness

Meets on 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29, 4/5 & 4/12.

Followed by: Positive Discipline Practices & Techniques

Meets on 5/3, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24, 5/31 & 6/7.

Parenting Journey

Thursday evenings from 5:30-8:00pm beginning March 8 (12 weeks)

Parent Ed Certificates

A 12-week curriculum designed for parents who want to learn more about themselves, their relationships, and the resources they need to effectively parent their children. In a warm and nurturing environment, parents are supported and encouraged to care for themselves and each other while participating in a series of experiential exercises.  Dinner served during class.

Meets on 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29, 4/5, 4/12, 4/19, 5/3, 5/10, 5/17, 5/24 & 5/31.

 

Cooperative CoParenting

Tuesday evenings from 6:00-8:00pm, beginning May 1 (4 weeks)

This 4-week series is for divorced and/or separated parents and other caregivers who are raising children in different households. Topics include: coping through separation and transition, skills for dealing with stress and anger, positive communication, how to reduce conflict, negotiating agreements, mediation and guardianship.  Dinner served from 5:30-6:00pm.

Meets on 5/1, 5/8, 5/15 & 5/22.

Active Parenting of Teens

Active Parenting of Teens, a six-week series, will give parents of middle and high school students the guidance and support needed to turn the challenges of raising a  teenager into opportunities for growth.  Topics include: methods of respectful discipline, skills for clear, honest communication, strategies to prevent risky behavior, how to be an encouraging parent, and issues such as teens on-line, bullying and depression.

Call for next session dates.

Can’t We All Just Get Along?!  Exploring Sibling Relationships

For many parents, sibling rivalry can be one of the biggest and most continuous challenges we face.  Learn more about what leads brothers and sisters to interact in the ways that they do.  Get tips for empowering children to change their relationships for the better.

Call for next session dates.

 

Cooking Matters for Families (Adults & Children Ages 5 and up)

Learn how to make tasty and healthy recipes for your family and share a meal together in class! Groceries will be provided to each household each week to re-create the meal cooked in class for the rest of your family.  Ask about income guidelines. Dinner prepared during class.

Call Brenda Carey at 527-5475 for next session dates.

 

Parenting the Second Time Around

This series is intended to help grandparents and other relatives who are parenting…again!  Topics include: child development, discipline & guidance, caring for yourself as a caregiver, rebuilding a family, living with teens, legal issues and advocacy.

Call for next session dates. 

Positive Solutions for Families

Designed for parents of preschool-aged children (2 and-a-half to 5 years), participants will learn how to promote children’s social & emotional skills, understand children’s problem behavior, and use positive approaches to help children learn appropriate behavior.  Topics include: building relationships, play, clear expectations, managing emotions, promoting positive behavior & building routines.

Call for next session dates.

Resiliency Skills

A 5-session workshop designed to examine five resiliency skills: realistic optimism, humor, flexible thinking, social supports, & turning inward, and to explore how to practice and integrate them into your daily life.

Call for next session dates.

Saving Money at the Grocery Store

Learn how to make the most of your money, stretch your food dollars, plan ahead and stay ahead!  Participants will gain practical strategies to help them plan, shop for, and prepare healthy meals for a family on a budget.

For information on the next session, please contact Brenda Carey at 527-5475 or email Brenda.carey@unh.edu.

Your Money, Your Goals

This 5-week series will help participants learn strategies to better manage their money, increase financial fitness, and meet personal financial goals. Topics covered include: generating and protecting your income, understanding credit, banking basics, smart borrowing, safe debt management, & understanding taxes.

Call for next session dates.

 

Ongoing Programs & Support

Family Leadership Council

Are you interested in providing valuable input and playing an important role in enhancing the supports offered through the Family Resource Center?  Please consider joining the Family Leadership Council.  The Council consists of parents, grandparents, and other caregivers that have been or are currently being supported  by the FRC. Members are called upon to assist staff with family events, advocacy, and outreach. We look forward to hearing from you.
For more information, call Erin at 581-1571 or email erin.pettengill@lrcs.org.

F.A.S.T.E.R.–Families Advocating Substance, Treatment, Education & Recovery

Meets on the second and fourth Thursday of every month from 6:00-7:30 at the Laconia Police Station.

Are you worried about your child’s use of alcohol or other drugs? This free, confidential peer support group is for families with children, teens and young adults with substance use issues.
For more information, call Nancy at 293-0960 or email nancy.porosky@elavon.com.

Lakes Region Brain Injury Support Group

Meets on the first Thursday of every month from 6:00-7:30.

Meets on the first Thursday of every month from 6:00-7:30 pm
A monthly support group for brain injury survivors, as well as their family and caregivers. The Brain Injury Association of NH and Lakes Region Community Services are partnering to bring this needed support group to the area.
To RSVP, call the Brain Injury Assoc. of NH at 225-8400.

New! Guide to Family Resource Center Services

Community Resources available for area families