#ygkChallenge: Give A Tired Parent Some Time Off

babysit, help a parentWelcome to Kingstonist’s weekly challenge, dare, resolution or whatever you prefer to call it. Each week we establish a new and ambitious community goal, encouraging our readers, followers, friends and families to step out of their comfort zones and do something great, and hopefully a little out of the ordinary. Consider this your official and personal invitation to join us in completing a small but meaningful achievement. By taking part in this community-wide initiative, we hope to make Kingston a slightly better place to live, work and play. And of course, we also hope that you will feel proud of your contribution and achievement.

This week’s challenge encourages you to:

Give a friend or family member a break.  I don’t have kids but I know that child-rearing is an exhausting (and rewarding) endeavor.  Parents give 100% of themselves to their children, leaving little time to focus on themselves and their relationships.  This week’s challenge is for all you childless folks and is dedicated to all the wiped parents out there.  We challenge you to offer to babysit a friend or family member’s kids.  Give that person a few hours to themselves during the day by taking the kids to a movie or on a hike, or offer to babysit for an evening and let your friends enjoy a romantic night out.  Even small gestures like picking the kids up from school or driving them to a lesson can make a big difference for the parents who do nothing but.  Your friend will certainly be grateful for the time off and you may even find yourself having a great time getting closer to the little people in your life.

Sign up and commit to completing this week’s challenge by commenting below with an “I’m in“, “challenge accepted“, “en garde” or something along those lines. Further, help us spread the word via Twitter and Facebook by using the hashtag: #ygkchallenge. As you work towards completing this week’s task, please feel free to lend others a helping hand by providing tips on how you achieved success.

Thanks to Kevin Baird for supplying the photo associated with this week’s challenge.

Danielle Lennon

Danielle Lennon is Kingstonist's Co-Founder. She was the Editor, Community Event Coordinator and Contributor at-large (2008-2018). She is otherwise employed as a section violinist with the Kingston Symphony, violin teacher, studio musician and cat lover. Learn more about Danielle...

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