Parent Education

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.  Classes are currently being held via Zoom, click here for our complete spring schedule.  Most classes are offered free of charge. On-going support groups may also be offered. Please look below for detailed descriptions of current and upcoming classes as well as other past programming that is likely to be offered again in the near future. Click here to register and receive zoom links. or to 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

Parenting the Second Time Around

Wednesdays 7:30-8:30pm, beginning March 17, 2021 (8 weeks) held via Zoom

This series is intended to support 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.

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Parenting Journey in Recovery

Tuesdays 6:00-8:00pm, beginning April 6, 2021 (14 weeks) held via Zoom

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.  Parenting Journey in Recovery 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.

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Active Parenting of Teens

Wednesdays 6:30-8:00pm, beginning April 7, 2021 (12 weeks) held via Zoom

Active Parenting of Teens, a twelve-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.

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Strong Fathers: Positive Discipline Practices & Techniques

Tuesdays 6:30-8:00pm, beginning April 13, 2021 (6 weeks) held via Zoom

Fathers and Father-Figures come together to support each other while focusing on discipline which is based on respect, empowerment, caring and cooperation.  Learn the power of effective, nonviolent discipline practices and techniques in this module from our popular Nurturing Skills series.

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Parenting Journey

Thursdays 6:00-8:00pm, beginning April 15, 2021 (12 weeks) held via Zoom

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.

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Nurturing Skills

Various Daytime and Evening Sessions Available!

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.

Current sessions:

Understanding Children’s Growth & Development

Thursdays 6:30-8:00pm, beginning April 15, 2021 (6 weeks) held via Zoom

This Nurturing Skills module focuses on understanding the stages of growth and development and on establishing nurturing routines.

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Developing Empathy & Self-Awareness

Thursdays 6:30-8:00pm, beginning May 27, 2021 (6 weeks) held via Zoom

This Nurturing Skills Module focuses on the importance of empathy and techniques for managing feelings such as anger and stress.

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Positive Discipline Practices & Techniques

Thursdays 6:30-8:00pm, coming in summer 2021

This Nurturing Skills Module focuses on discipline which is based on respect, empowerment, caring and cooperation.  Learn the power of non-violent discipline practices and techniques.

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Developing Personal Power and Keeping Kids Safe

Thursdays 6:30-8:00pm, coming in fall 2021

This Nurturing Skills Module focuses on positive ways to manage behavior and power struggles.  In addition, participants will examine choices that empower children and keep all members of the family safe and healthy.

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Parent Cafe: Growing Gracefully

One-night Workshop~Monday, April 19, 2021, 6:00pm held via Zoom

Parent Cafés provide a safe, nurturing environment for parents to have intimate, authentic conversations about their families and ways they can strengthen their families and communities. Aided by Parent Café in a Box questions, all focused on the Protective Factors, parents draw on and recall their strengths and become more conscious and empowered to acknowledge the significance of their role and responsibility in shaping healthy, strong families and communities.

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Strong Fathers: Developing Personal Power and Keeping Kids Safe

Tuesdays 6:30-8:00pm, beginning May 25, 2021 (7 weeks) held via Zoom

Fathers and Father-Figures come together to support each other while focusing on personal power and making good choices.  Learn positive ways to manage behavior and examine choices that keep all members of the family safe and healthy in this Nurturing Skills module.

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Active Parenting for Stepfamilies

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Learn how to create harmony & stability in your stepfamily while raising responsible, courageous children. Topics include: blending
family histories, traditions & values, coping with loss and encouraging healthy grieving, establishing parental authority using nonviolent
discipline techniques that work, improving communication and building new relationships based on respect & trust, teaching
responsibility, cooperation & other important values, preventing or stopping problems such as loyalty conflicts & power struggles and
setting boundaries that work for your whole family.

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

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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.

Cooking Matters for Parents

For next session dates, contact Brenda Carey at 527-5475 or email brenda.carey@unh.edu.

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.  Income guidelines apply. Dinner prepared during class.

Cooperative Parenting and Divorce

This program helps separated/divorced parents shield their children from parental conflict. Parents learn to guide their children
through the process of recovery while establishing a cooperative long-term relationship with the other parent. This program educates
parents on the impact their conflict has on their children, and teaches parents the practical skills they need to manage anger, increase impulse control, resolve conflict and talk to each other without arguing.

Nurture Hope

Wednesdays 1:00-3:00pm OR 6:00-8:00pm, beginning October 7, 2020 (8 weeks) held via Zoom

An educational series for parents with children who have special needs and health challenges, this program is designed to help families explore their hopes and fears, develop effective parenting skills, enhance communication, develop strategies for facing challenges and recognize opportunities for celebration. Topics include: appropriate parental expectations, empathic awareness of the feelings & needs of children, effective discipline strategies, family rules, effective communication, stress & coping techniques for parents & children, and personal power & independence.

Parenting Journey II

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Parenting Journey II is designed for those who want to follow-up on what they learned in Parenting Journey I and/or Sober Parenting Journey. Building on strengths, participants will be guided to identify the steps needed to help them reach their dreams for their family’s future. Through a combination of hands-on activities and guided discussions, participants will learn how to set and achieve personal and family goals, and how to create and maintain positive new behaviors.

Parenting with Resilience

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Learn about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s) and how trauma can effect children’s development and behavior.  Caregivers will learn strategies to build their own ability to persevere through tough times, as well as techniques for encouraging resilience in children.

Positive Solutions for Families

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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.

Slow Cooker Meals Made Easy

For next session dates, call Brenda Carey at 527-5475 or email brenda.carey@unh.edu.

Do you need quick and simple meal ideas for feeding your family?  A slow cooker is a great way to prep food ahead of time and have it ready for dinner.  Adults parenting children are welcome to join this class.  We will provide you with a free slow cooker and then prep a healthy meal each week for you to take home to cook in your slow cooker.  We will also have a weekly nutrition lesson to  help you make healthy choices for yourself and your children.   Dinner served 5:30-6:00pm.

 

Ongoing Programs & Support Groups

Autism Support Groups

Meets on the first Monday of each month from 7-8pm and/or on the third Tuesday of each month from 1-2pm.

This is an open monthly peer support group for parents, caregivers and grandparents of children with Autism or children who you suspect may have Autism.  These facilitated meetings bring caregivers together to share experience, wisdom and community.  Attend sessions during the day, in the evening or both.

NAMI-NH Lakes Region Parent & Caregiver Support Group

Meets on the second Thursday of each month from 10:30-11:30am.

Do you struggle with your child’s or teen’s behavior?  Join this monthly peer support group, facilitated by the Family Resource Center and NAMI NH.  Learn and share strategies for dealing with challenging behaviors, find out about resources that are available to help you, and meet other families who understand your situation…you are not alone in this journey.

Kinship Caregiver Support Group

Meets on the last Monday of each month from 12:00-1:00pm.

Parenting is tough; parenting a second time can be even harder. This group aims to bring grandparents and other relative caregivers together to celebrate successes, mourn losses, problem solve for the hard times, and give support to one another. We hope you can join us to hear from other kinship caregivers and learn more about resources and opportunities that are available in your community.  This program is sponsored by the Family Resource Center of Central NH and the Greater Tilton Area Family Resource Center.

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 Alyssa at 581-1577 or email Alyssa.tandy@lrcs.org.

Guide to Family Resource Center Services

Community Resources available for area families