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What Keeps You Up at Night?

by | Aug 17, 2016 | 2016, Archived Posts, Blog

What keeps you up at night? Do you have problems that circle through your brain and you can’t seem to figure out how to deal with them? Many times these issues and concerns involve family, work, or finances. I have good news for you!

This fall The River Center has a terrific line up of workshops, evening topics, coaching, and groups to help you in all those areas.

Has your sweet little girl turned into a moody adolescent? Has the transition from preschool to elementary school caused your child to become anxious? Are you wondering how to get out of the house in the morning with your infant and toddler? Do you worry about too much access to technology? Not enough technology? Too many activities or too few activities? Will they succeed in life? Are you pushing too hard? YIKES!

You have probably noticed that every child, parent, and family unit is unique. What worked with your oldest is not working with the middle child. The approach you take with your introverted, calm child is definitely not effective with your bold, active child. Mothers and fathers relate to their children differently. What works for the neighbor’s kids is not working for yours. How is anybody supposed to figure out this thing called Parenting successfully??!!

Well, I do indeed have good news for you. The River Center is a Family and Community Resource Center. Let me emphasize Family Resource. We have parent educators to help you navigate parenting. This fall you can learn more about helpful parenting topics and receive support in your journey. You can join Bonnie Harris’s group for parents of Tweens and Teens.  Wendy Hill will be leading a group discussing ‘Is This Normal Behavior?’ for parents of young children. Shannon McNamara will lead the ten week Effective Parenting Workshop. Kelli Tourgee continues the Friday morning parenting group at the United Church of Jaffrey. Wendy and Kelli run the Farm to Table program for parents and children through the fall harvest. For special topics, join Ryan Montano monthly for Tuesday Topics beginning September 20 with ‘Navigating your Child’s IEP/504 with an expert from the Parent Information Center.  Each month we will explore a different topic relevant to parents.  Monday mornings your preschoolers can join Nisa Simila for Tinker Tots with a STEM focus while parents have coffee and make friends in our new Parent Room.  There is even a group for Grandparents who are parenting their grandchildren. This group is run in collaboration with and meets at The Grapevine monthly.

So you see, there is hope. Good information, techniques, support from peers as well as input from knowledgeable parent educators- all add up to renewed hope, encouragement, and success in parenting. For more information on any of these parenting groups, please call us at 924-6800 or visit our  for the complete fall calendar.

If work, or lack of it, is your concern, know that we have an Employment Resource Center for those in the job search. Do you need a resume? Help with on-line job applications? Direction for your next steps? Laura Sebert can help you. She is available for individual appointments. You can join her at the Job Seekers Meet-Up on Tuesdays at noon, an opportunity to ask questions, gain new ideas and energy for the job search.  Every other Tuesdays at 1:00 an open time for on-line job application assistance is available. Job hunting is hard work and can be discouraging. Don’t go it alone. Give Laura a call at 924-6800 or

Well, if the thing that keeps you up at night is money issues, you have come to the right place. Many of you know already about the free tax preparation program we run in the spring. But did you know you can meet with a volunteer money coach anytime during the year? They are trained to help you make sense of your finances. Is it credit card debt? Disorganized bill paying methods? Overspending?  They can help you. Contact us at 924-6800 or and we will set up an appointment for you.
If you are wondering where we are located, let me encourage you to join us for our Open House on Wednesday, August 24 from 5:00-7:00 at our new location at 9 Vose Farm Rd., Suite 115 in Peterborough (across from Conval and EMS).  All are welcome.

I think I have a plan to solve your sleepless nights. Join us at The River Center this fall. Sweet dreams.

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