|Parents Night Out||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Becky Schaller (bschallertheriver.com)|
|Date: Sat, 23 Nov 2002 19:43:02 -0700 (MST)|
We tried a slighly different kind of event yesterday evening which I thought went quite well and which I thought others might be intersted in trying. We had what we called a Parents Night Out. About 7 adults volunteered to do childcare from 5:00 to 8:00 pm while parents could have some time to themselves. They could go out for dinner, visit neighbors, stay home, or whatever they chose. It turned out that the cooks prepared a Brazilian Feast so some parents simply enjoyed the common meal and the conversation afterwards without having to worry about their kids. We started at 5:00 with some outdoor activities. At one point, I heard someone look over the grassy area seeing a variety of adults and kids playing together say, "Isn't this wonderful." Around 6:00 it started getting dark and we had dinner. Then we had some planned activities in the kids room. Some simple pre-made little blank booklets were quite popular with a number of children. Another popular activity was popsicle sticks and glue. Of course the possibilities here are endless. Some kids chose activities that were always available in the kids room. A number of adults read children stories. Since we had 7 adults with 19 kids, I don't think anyone felt overwhelmed. I'm not sure how clearly it was stated, but one of the goals of the evening was to provide an opportunity for intergenerational activities as well as giving parents some time off. To do this, it's best to have sufficient adults present. We began looking for a date for this over a month in advance. We could have done this with less adults, but it was sure nice ot have everyone who came. Becky Schaller Sonora Cohousing Tucson, Arizona _______________________________________________ Cohousing-L mailing list Cohousing-L [at] cohousing.org Unsubscribe and other info: http://www.communityforum.net/mailman/listinfo/cohousing-l
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