Family Center to offer classes about parenting anxious children

Family Center To Offer Classes About Parenting Anxious Children

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The Family Center, a program of Families First Health and Support Center and Goodwin Community Health, will offer two free online programs on parenting anxious children this summer: a workshop with Lynn Lyons, author of “Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents,” followed by an eight-week series discussing the ideas in Lyons’ book. Parents, grandparents and caregivers of kids of all ages are welcome to join these groups.

Understanding Anxiety, Workshop with Lynn Lyons, will take place Tuesday, June 22 at 6 p.m. online. Sign up at

Children and teens were struggling with increasing rates of anxiety and depression prior to 2020, and this past year didn’t help. Parents and caregivers need strategies to help children (and themselves) manage the uncertainty of our current environment as we recover and move forward. Lynn Lyons, a licensed clinical social worker, will talk about the skills of emotional management including how to increase flexibility, tolerate uncertainty, communicate effectively and replace catastrophic thinking with problem-solving.

Summer Discussion Series: Talking About Anxiety, Tuesdays, June 29 to Aug. 17 at 6:30 p.m. online. Sign up at

Facilitators will share tools and strategies from Lynn Lyons’ book “Anxious Kids Anxious Parents” and explore ways to connect the information to our own lives. Lots of kids are trapped in a cycle of anxiety that paralyzes them with fear. Sometimes parents’ most immediate responses actually encourage our kids to remain frightened. This series will help parents understand the cycle of anxiety and ways to help kids face challenges, step forward in spite of threat, and develop healthy independence and courage. Books will be provided at no cost to parents who attend the series, while supplies last. Reading the chapters each week is NOT required. This group is supported by Newburyport Bank.

For more information on these and other programs for parents and families, visit or call 603-422-8209.

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