SOMERSWORTH  —  Two new programs for families — a parenting class and a weekly playgroup — are coming to Somersworth this winter.

The class, a 5-week series called Active Parenting, will explore some of the most effective parenting techniques through discussion, activities and videos. “One goal is to help parents reduce power struggles at home by identifying strategies that will work for their particular families,” says Patrice Baker, M.Ed., who will lead the classes. Topics include parenting styles, responsibility and discipline, building courage and self-esteem, understanding and redirecting misbehavior, and winning cooperation while balancing the parenting load. The class is for parents of school-age children.

Active Parenting meets Thursday evenings, Jan. 10 through Feb. 7, from 5:30 to 7 p.m at Goodwin Community Health (311 Route 108 in Somersworth). The program is free and includes free child care with a light supper for children. Advance signup is required.

The second program, Somersworth Family Morning Out, is for children ages birth to six with their parents or other caregivers. It includes age-appropriate crafts and other activities, positive play with peers and adults, songs, snacks and story time.  Family Morning Out meets Friday mornings, Jan. 4 through March 29, from 9:30 to 11 at the Flanagan Center, 25 Bartlett Ave. in Somersworth. There is no cost to attend.

Both programs are free. For more information or to sign up, visit tinyurl.com/ffparenting or call 603-422-8208 (press 2) or tinyurl.com/ffparenting.

Active Parenting and Family Morning Out are offered Greater Seacoast Community Health, which includes Goodwin Community Health and Families First Health & Support Center. Families First has offered similar programs in Portsmouth for over 25 years and is now bringing them to Somersworth. Funding for the programs in Somersworth comes from the NH Division for Children, Youth and Families; United Way of the Greater Seacoast; and the Fuller Foundation.

Contact: Patrice Baker
Families First
603-422-8208, ext. 315
pbaker@familiesfirstseacoast.org

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