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Greetings to our friends and supporters,      


Over the past three months during my sabbatical from Kids First, I found myself reflecting quite frequently on the ways in which our society perceives divorce and separation, and how the system is set up in many ways to perpetuate animosity between parents who are, like it or not, connected for the rest of their lives at a very core level.  Through their shared loved for the children they brought into this world, divorced or separated parents have a significant common life goal; to see their children happy, healthy and well-adjusted.  And as all parents know, children start struggling to reach that goal the moment their parents lose sight of it by focusing too much on their own pain and loss and the perceived wrongs that have been done to them in their lives.


This month, please consider joining us as we explore the nuances of what it means to forgive in our free evening workshop with Tricia Weyand, LCPC, "Forgiveness & Letting Go Of The Past." This popular presentation may very well be the jumpstart you need to get out of that vicious cycle of blame and start focusing on a more positive and proactive approach to life for you and your children in the new year.


Warmest regards,


Peg Libby

Executive Director 



In This Issue
15 Life Lessons Kids Learn From Divorce
January Calendar of Events

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When you're a parent considering divorce, it's impossible to quiet the endless worries about how the split will affect your kids: Will their grades suffer, you wonder?  Will they swear off committed relationships for the rest of their lives?  Will they resent me?

But what parents often fail to realize is how strong and resilient kids can be -- and how experiencing the hardships of divorce can potentially make them stronger than they would have been otherwise.

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January 4 - Portland (207-761-2709)

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(similar program) January 18 - Wiscasset (207-596-0359)  


 Separation, Divorce & Dads 

Tuesday, January 7, 2014  6:30 - 8:00 pm 

Guest Speaker:  Jerry Grondin ("Identifying and Addressing Abusive Behavior") 


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Tuesday, 4:15 - 4:45 pm

January 7 - February 11, 2014 


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6:00 - 7:30 pm

November 6 - December 18, 2013


Free Evening Workshop

Forgiveness & Letting Go Of The Past 

Monday, January 13, 2014  7:00 - 8:30 pm






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