Parent's Night Out
What is Respite?
Liquid will be offering Respite or Parent's Night Out to our Morristown families affected by special needs (whom we currently serve on Sunday) on the last Friday of the month from 6:30-10pm. We hope to expand this opportunity to all of our campuses in 2017.
Want to get in on the action? Sign up here to serve as a buddy or run an activity station (video games station, face paint, crafts, ball pit, etc.) for the kids and their siblings.
Oct. 28th, 6:30-10pm (Sign up here)
November 25th, 9:30am -2pm Special Black Friday - Parents' Day Out!
We'll provide a brief 45 minute training on the day of the event at 5:30PM to help get you ready for the FUN!
Need more info? Email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every parent wants their child to be included in social activities and to make friends with other children and adults in the community. Every parent, no matter how devoted, also needs time away from their child to rest and to put the everyday strains of parenting into perspective. Typical community programs offer opportunities for parents to drop-off their children at wonderful recreation and learning activities, but these programs are often not welcoming to children affected by disability. In addition, these families often have difficulty finding qualified or willing babysitters. Through all of this, they are left feeling exhausted, rejected and isolated.
Respite literally means “a period of rest or relief.” Respite events provide parents a temporary relief from the responsibilities of caring for children with physical or intellectual disabilities. Respite is a gift of time. It meets a valuable and practical need.
The families that might be served by respite juggle the typical demands of raising a family along with daunting extra strains. The social services offered for their children demand vigilant supervision, exacting decisions, time and money. Educational and therapy options need to be researched and implemented. Siblings demand additional time and emotional energy. Often children with disabilities are not well received in public because of atypical behavior, language, or noise. Community programs tell families that they do not belong. It is no surprise that they tend to stay home and feel cautious in new situations because of this rejection. Respite events reach out to these families to say, “The church cares. We have a place for you. We believe your child has great value in the Kingdom.”