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AUGUST 2013 

Greetings to our friends and supporters,      


August is right around the corner, and Kids First will be offering a session of our Kids First Program for Stepparents on Saturday the 10th.  This program has a wealth of information about blending families that is helpful to both the biological parent and the stepparent, and we encourage couples to attend the program together. 

Respectful communication is a must for any good relationship, and a local Yarmouth business, Kids on Time, has developed an online tool to help parents living in different households to minimize conflict by using some online communication. We believe that much of the conflict that occurs between co-parents could be avoided if both parents had equal access and involvement in creating the family schedule, and therefore support this local company's excellent effort to address the problem. Much likeThe Family Wizard only less cumbersome, less expensive, and developed by a couple who have faced the challenges of divorce and remarriage themselves, this tool offers a place for families to share calendars, schoolwork planners, medical information and much more.  Check it out for yourself.  They offer a free 30 day trial, and if you sign up with this code (2BA-C09-F62) then they will donate a portion of your $10 monthly fee to Kids First, every month that you use it.  Let us know what you think! 

Warmest regards,

Peg Libby

Executive Director


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Keeping Summer Vacation Fun
July Calendar of Events

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The Key to Weathering Life's Storms  storm
As we've all heard so many times, telling your children that you're getting divorced is one of life's most difficult, heart wrenching experiences and often leaves parents feeling like they have failed their children and set them up for a dismal future.  Not true.  What so many parents fail to appreciate is the fact that they may have been doing a wonderful job up until this point of preparing their children for coping with life's ups and downs and that this is an opportunity to model resiliency for them on a major scale.  Though of course there is little one can do to fully prepare a child for the breakup of their parents or to make it a pain free experience, there is much good parenting to be done all along the way that will later serve as "protective factors" to help see your child through life's toughest storms.  Especially after a divorce, it is never too late to re-prioritize your children and make sure that you are physically and emotionally available to them and that they are invested in the world around them.  Read below to learn what you can be dong to ensure that your child develops the confidence that we all require to help us cope with the curve balls of life.

Help Children Be Resilient by Alice Wellborn

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Kids First Program 

Saturday, 8:30 am - 12:30 pm 

August 3 - Portland (207-761-2709)

August 3 - Augusta (207-859-1514)

August 10 - Biddeford (207-761-2709)

August 10 - Belfast (207-338-2200 x109) 

August 10 - Lewiston 8:00 am (207-783-3990)

August 17 - Portland (207-761-2709)  

August 17 - Norway 8:00 am (207-333-6425)

August 17 - Waterville (20-859-1514) 


(similar program) August 3 - Rockland (207-596-0359)

(similar program) August 10 - Bangor (207-942-9329)

(similar program) August 17 - Ellsworth (207-942-9329) 






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