Many people seem to think it's strange that I'm so passionate about sharing babywearing with the world. Today, I read a story that clearly expressed what it is that babywearing means to me. Babywearing changes your outlook on the world. It changes how you deal with problems with your children or family. When a parent is struggling to make dinner for their family while their infant cries in the evenings, babywearing can save the day. As baby grows to a toddler, a babywearing family sees carriers as the solution to a scary situation for a toddler like the hospital or even the circus. And a babywearing mama faced with a challenge for an older child uses her changed perception to improve things for that child. This was the case with the mama I read about today.
This mama in addition to being the mom to a toddler, is also a 2nd grade teacher. She has a student who uses a wheelchair. The class had a planned field trip to a nature center that included a nature walk that was not accessible for the wheelchair. The teacher was thinking about how she could solve this problem and it came to her mind that this little girl wasn't much heavier than her toddler, and she wears her toddler all of the time, so why not wear this student? An altered perception of what COULD be and this little girl got to participate in her class field trip. THAT is why I love to share babywearing with other families. I know that there is always someone out there for whom this could be life changing.
If you want to read this teacher's story and see a few photos from the field trip, read her post on thebabywearer.com