Change!

Not something I’m good at, but due to budget cuts we have moved days for our Reading Slingmeet. We are still at Battle Library, but will be joining BfN on a Thursday from now on. Sessions are from 11.30am until 1pm.

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I Am a Childcare Provider

Well put

The Politics of Mothering & Liberating Motherhood

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I am a Childcare Provider

Gulp!

Yes, you’re on to me.

I am a childcare provider.

Nursery workers, nannies, childminders and au-pairs. They do what I do. But with Early Years certificates, assessments and everything. Yet not in a way a mother can: With love, kisses, cuddles and breasts.

And it’s not just the present. There is future relevance. When they are older, they will know I cared for them at home. That it was me. That it was I who wiped their bottoms, their noses and their hands – not in that order (that would be gross). That it was I who taught them to use their knife and fork, their manners, and their words. That it was I who guided them in learning to use the potty, a crayon, and a spoon. That it was I who was there to kiss away those tears, cuddle away…

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PSA September’s Hurst Slingmeet will be on the 9th

Rather than the 2nd due to pressures of parenthood. My sincerest apologies for having to postpone this.

All my best, M xxx

Baby Roo has arrived!

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As I just don’t have enough creepy-dolls in my house, I have finally bought a weighted doll for slingmeets. Baby Roo weighs roughly 3.2kg and will be making me jump at odd moments for the foreseeable future.

Many thanks to Slumber-Roo for coming up with this wee one.

M xxx

Deposits

The monetary kind!  This is a short post, after a tiny bit of experimenting (£1 worth), I am now able to accept hire fees (still the princely sum of £5) and deposits (also unchanged at £40) via PayPal.

The caveat is that it be sent using the ‘friends and family’ option, so that neither party incurs fees. I will then return it in the same fashion once the sling has been returned, as per our Terms and Conditions.

So, if you are at a slingmeet, have forgotten your cheque book and happen to have PayPal’s whizzy app on your phone, Bob’s your uncle!

Isn’t the future marvellous !?


Someone has kindly pointed out that there is a lack of Buyer Protection with the PayPal Friends and Family option. I suggest it for refundable deposits because the refund window for fee charging transactions is one month. If a slingmeet is slightly outside that PayPal’s month, PayPal retain the fees (which may have been paid by either the sender or receiver), as I run the library at the lowest rate possible, I cannot afford to pay these fees.

Below is a quote from PayPal on their community page, to clarify:

what is the difference between a purchase and a personal payment for goods? on ‎03-02-2011 04:08 PM

A personal payment is a payment to friends or family, someone you know. There is no buyer or seller protection on these payments because they are not supposed to be purchases.

A purchase is literally that, you are buying something, either from a shop or an individual. You probably don’t know them and, as a result of this, there is going to be a level of risk inherent in making or receiving the payment. Both buyer and seller protection will be available (along with their normal limitations).

Q&A Guest Post- Maria

I got to do a guest post!!!! Thank you Clare ☺

Bracknell Sling Meet

I’m Maria, I run Thames Valley Sling Babies and have a husband, two children, aged 11 and 7 and two cats. I home educate one child at the moment, although this often seems subject to change (different child, different schools, it’s complicated!). I also nanny for 3 home educated children part-time.

How did you get into babywearing and did you plan to wear your baby when you were pregnant?
With my first child I got bequeathed the usual set of dodgy carriers (I’m not even sure some of them had names and they were probably from the 70s!), I have back problems and none of them helped, so I carried my son in-arms and in ignorance for a year or so (he enjoyed this immensely and saw no reason to start walking early).

I did however become quite evangelical about cloth nappies and so gradually met parents who carried their…

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Finally, some buckles!

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I know, I am very good at getting wraps for the library and rubbish at buckles.

So, I saw this mentioned on Facebook and it’s by a UK mama AND is reasonably priced, which ticks boxes for me.

Kerching!

It’s by Nova Baby Carriers and has a few nice additions (leg padding and chest belts that won’t get lost).  Hopefully, our local Babywearers can give it a good try out.

M xxx

Squee! New wrap!

I love a new wrap and I love Didymos, so when I saw someone selling a size 4 Eva on Facebook, I was sorely tempted (we only have one Eva in the library and that’s a ring sling, so it doesn’t count!).

I mentioned this to the seller and she very very kindly let me buy it at a discount. Thank you Sarah 🙋

It arrived today and looks brand new but feels soft and broken in, a size 4 is very handy for summer wrapping (fewer layers) and older babies/toddlers (less sling to carry around when they insist on toddling).

So now I need to practice some size 4 carries to demo at our next Slingmeet, does anyone have any size 4 suggestion

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Reblog: a meltdown is not a tantrum

It’s an important distinction.

a diary of a mom

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On the outside it might look like a sudden explosion, but it’s actually the final few minutes of a process that may have taken hours or even days to develop.

Bec at Snagglebox, What Does a Meltdown Feel Like?

I thought she wouldn’t stop.
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I didn’t know she couldn’t stop.I didn’t know there was a difference.
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I just didn’t know.
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An autistic meltdown is not a tantrum.

One is about control.

The other is a loss of control.

One is about testing boundaries.

The other is not feeling safe.

One is an attempt to manipulate.

The other is a cry for help.

Diary, Untitled, May, 2004

Discipline is never an appropriate response to a meltdown, because…

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