AUBURN | Everybody knows something about juggling, said Kara Georgi.
Maybe not in the circus sense, but Georgi, a parent organizer for the Auburn Community Cafe, said juggling responsibilities is something many people have to deal with in their lives — especially parents.
Time management was a recurring theme during the first Auburn Community Cafe for this year in November, so it was a sensible topic to discuss during the latest cafe on Sunday, Georgi said.
"I feel like the people who came kind of got a chance to almost be validated that it's okay to be struggling with the juggling," she said.
More than a handful of parents gathered at the Auburn United Methodist Church on Sunday to talk about how they manage, or juggle, all of their responsibilities — everything from jobs and appointments to laundry and dishes.
Oh yes, and their kids. Especially how to manage the kids.
Cafe volunteers took care of that particular item — at least for the duration of the cafe — thanks to professional on-site child care, which is advantageous for parents who want time to discuss these topics amongst themselves, said attendee Sara Buhl.
Parents discussed their answers to some of the night's questions in both a small-group format and a "speed-dating" format, which gave the opportunity for individuals to talk briefly one-on-one before switching partners.
Like-minded individuals traded ideas on how to keep track of their day-to-day business, whether its through a Google calendar, a written reminder on the bathroom mirror in erasable marker or even setting limits to what can be properly accomplished.
Buhl, a mother of two, said participating parents benefit from the cafe's casual atmosphere and the camaraderie behind learning different tips on finding balance within their lives.
"I think it's good because coming to something like this shows that you're taking the time to learn and grow and that can be beneficial for yourself," she said.
Georgi said the topic of juggling responsibilities would be discussed at length again during a cafe, but not next month's.
Next month's Auburn Community Cafe will focus on holiday traditions just in time for Christmas. Georgi said parents will have the opportunity to brainstorm any holiday ideas from what others partake in with their own families and friends.
"Everyone celebrates the holidays in a different way," she said.
The next Auburn Community Cafe is scheduled from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15.