Families First - A treasure next door

We are so fortunate to have Families First, a fabulous parenting education resource, so close to us in Portsmouth, NH.  I am surprised, however, by how few families actually access their services and go to their workshops.  Please take a moment to go to their website, check out their calendar for upcoming
events, sign up to get updates via email http://www.familiesfirstseacoast.org/enewsletter.html, and then choose a date, bring the kids and GO!  You won't be sorry.

Here is their most recent newsletter

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Family Focus
Primary Care     Prenatal Care     Dental Care     Family Programs     How to Help     About Us
  • Top 5 Reasons to Take a Parenting Class (read)  
  • Parenting Tip: Communicating with Kids (read
  • Try This: Wind Sticks or Wind Rings (read)  
  • Useful Link: Guide to best websites for parenting info (read)  

Article15 Reasons to Take a Parenting Class
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The top 5 reasons to attendparenting classes at Families First (besides the air conditioning):

5 It's never too early or too late to become a better parent.

4 Free child care is included, plus dinner for kids during evening classes.

3 Experts can help troubleshoot and suggest resources for all sorts of parenting challenges - again, FREE!

2 Taking the time now will help you enjoy your kids later.

1 Connect with parents facing similar challenges. You're not alone in this!

 Upcoming classes -- view and register! 

Anchor1BParenting Tip of the Month
Communicating with Kids

  • talking with kidsGet children's attention before talking to them. Get down to their level and make eye contact.
  • Be polite. Speak the way you would want to be spoken to -- the way you would speak to a friend.
  • Use "door opening" comments or questions to encourage children to express their thoughts and feelings.
  • Guide your child by presenting a plan of action to help him or her problem-solve.
  • Attack the problem rather than the child.
  • Make requests and expectations clear.
  • Recognize, encourage and appreciate the efforts of your child.
Click for more ideas and details (Thanks to Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service) 

Article2Try This
Wind Sticks or Wind Rings
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Use an open ring (it could be a binder hoop or a Mason jar lid), or a dowel or stick from the woods. Attach brightly colored ribbons and enjoy while running or dancing or swinging in the breeze! 

Article3Useful Link 
Best Websites for Parenting Info
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Some of what you find when you search for parenting info online is not consistent with child-development research. TheChild & Family WebGuide from Tufts University selects parent-friendly sites that have the highest-quality child development research. Covers many topics under the categories of Parenting, Education, Child Development, Health and Medical. 

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Families First Health and Support Center
at the Community Campus in Portsmouth
100 Campus Drive, Suite 12, Portsmouth, NH 03801
(603) 422-8208 | info@familiesfirstseacoast.org |familiesfirstseacoast.org

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Families First Health and Support Center | 100 Campus Drive | Suite 12 | Portsmouth | NH | 03801