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Families First of Portsmouth announces June programs for parents

PORTSMOUTH - Families First Health and Support Center, 100 Campus Drive, is offering a variety of programs for parents in June.

"Parenting Together - Navigating Through Conflict," 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, June 3 to 24.

Parents will learn to strengthen their co-parenting relationships and develop communication skills to best support children's resilience and well-being. This class is appropriate for parents in the same household, as well as parents who are separated or divorced.

The program will be led by Carol Minotti, a licensed marriage and family therapist.

"Raising Competent Kids," 9:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Parents whose children balk in new situations, give up easily or get angry or cry might be interested in part two of a two-part question-and-answer session with psychologist and author Dawn Huebner. She will share strategies to increase a child's "grit" and improve willingness to try.

"Literacy for Life," 9:30 to 11 a.m. Thursday, June 12.

Psychologist Laura Rubin, founder of the Portsmouth Neuropsychology Center, will teach parents about the development of reading in children, provide strategies for promoting reading development and highlight red flags of potential reading disabilities and ways to intervene.

"Summertime! Have a Plan," 9:30-11 a.m. Thursday, June 26.

With the thrill of being out of school also comes the constant question, "What are we going to do today?" Bob Pavlik, who has a master's in education, will help parents put a plan in place to ensure their child gets the right balance of unstructured free time along with some scheduled summertime activities.

All of the programs are free and include free child care. Advance registration is required; call 422-8208 ext. 2 or go to