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 and include such topics as growth and development, empowerment, empathy, positive discipline, and co-parenting. 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. 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

Monday afternoons from 1:00-3:00pm, beginning July 6, 2020 (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.

Nurturing Skills

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:

Developing Empathy & Self Awareness

Tuesdays 2:00-4:00pm, beginning June 30, 2020 (6 weeks) held via Zoom

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

Developing Personal Power & Keeping Kids Safe

Thursdays 6:00-8:00pm, beginning July 16, 2020 (7 weeks) held via Zoom

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.

 

Sober Parenting Journey

Tuesday evenings from 6:00-8:00pm, beginning March 3, 2020 (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.  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.

 

Parenting Journey II

Thursday evenings from 6:00-8:00pm, beginning March 5, 2020 (12 Weeks) held via Zoom

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.

 

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.

 

Active Parenting of Teens

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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.

 

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

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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

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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

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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.

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

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