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Parents advice to each other: "OK to say 'no'"

Posted by on 19 November 2013 | 18933 Comments

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Parents discuss multitasking at Sunday's cafe. Photo by Greg Mason, courtesy The Citizen

Parents at Sunday's Auburn Community Cafe all agreed that raising kids requires superior juggling skills, but they said every parent should know their limit and shouldn't feel guilty about saying 'no'."

"People understand, especially when your children are young, that you can't do it all," said Maureen Riester, a mother of two and a Cafe attendee. "No one expects you to do it all, and you shouldn't feel that you have to."

That kind of advice and support -- from parents to parents -- was in rich supply at the Cafe, which focused on the multitasking. The Cafes provide a comfortable venue for parents to meet and discuss issues in their lives. A free meal (this month we had pizza and a delicious salad from Bambino's) is served each month and enjoyed by families before professional childcare providers engage the kids in fun activities, freeing the parents to have meaningful conversations.

On Sunday, in honor of the theme, while parents talked about multi-tasking, the children learned the basics of juggling. At next month's Cafe, the theme will be holiday traditions, and the Cafe organizers -- all volunteer local parents -- will have holiday craft activities for the young ones.

Read more about Sunday's Cafe in this great piece from The Citizen. And whet your appetite with these photos from Sundays Cafe and other Cafes past.

 

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An sweet moment from Sunday's Cafe

 

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'The Harvest" -- a collection of take aways from Sunday's Cafe

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The Cafes feature several different types of conversations, from small-table to one-on-one, and this fun rapid-fire "speed dating" chat from Sunday's Cafe.

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Our childcare room always features experienced care-givers and lots of fun activities for your kids.

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