Wordless Wednesday: Consistent and Loving Care

This week we asked: What does consistent and loving care look like when provided by alternate caregivers?

(Read more about providing consistent and loving care on our resource page, and enjoy this week’s articles on the theme.)

From Rebecca: Sticker fun with Grandma — Nella & Dominik

In Grandpa’s loving arms

Emily blogs at Birthing Shifrah.

From Anna: “This is Rachel’s third year with her teacher, J. The girls’ Montessori community groups together 4- and 5-year-olds with Kindergarten students, and the children have the same lead teacher all three years. Rachel has an amazing bond with J, and she will be sad to move on to 1st grade in September. We are fortunate beyond words to have such an amazing group of women and men at the girls’ school, and I can’t thank them enough for their love and care!”

Anna blogs at Lawrence Girls.

From Shannon: “Moira was always happy to have anyone hold her from the beginning, except my Mom. Mom was never worried about it, always reassuring me when I tried to apologize for the hurt feelings I assumed she had that they would come to an understanding eventually. They are now the very best of friends.”

Shannon blogs at Pineapples & Artichokes.

From Jennifer: “This photo is of my mom holding my daughter and the little boy that I take care of during the week. We were having a super rough day so my mom rushed over to offer some support. Clearly, all these little ones needed was a little snuggle from grandma and the world was whole again!”

Jennifer blogs at Hybrid Rasta Mama.

Charise’s dad shares a special moment with 16-week-old Jac.

Charise blogs at I Thought I Knew Mama.

From Luschka: “Although, when we lived in South Africa our cleaner only came around for two hours a week, her and Kyra really grew to love each other. The great thing about having an African woman care for your child is that the culture of childcare is traditionally very AP. It was wonderful to have Linah as part of our lives for those six months.”

Luschka blogs at Diary of a First Child.

From Jen: “Orson and Aunt Brandy when he was a newborn.”

From Julia: “Ashton at 5 months old at the park with her Gigi (my mother).”

walking in ring sling with aunt
Mikko, now 3, still hates to be left with anyone he’s not familiar with. Good thing his beloved aunt has been snuggling him since his newborn days, like on this walk in a ring sling.

Lauren blogs at Hobo Mama.

Spending time with his grandmother, “Mimi,” is one of George’s favorite things, and Mama and Papa appreciate having an invested, eager and loving caregiver to call on for date nights!

Stefanie blogs at very, very fine.

Alicia has found a daycare provider who respects a child’s need for close contact. Here, the daycare provider rocks Alicia’s daughter to sleep while another child naps on her lap. (We’ve blurred the other child’s face to protect privacy.)

Alicia blogs at Lactation Narration.

Sasha sits with her Gran and explores the buttons on her scooter.

Read more at Momma Jorje’s blog.

“You want to play Wii or something?”

From Ana: “My little brother watches my baby twice a week for me. He’s 21 and totally uncomfortable with it, but his godson loves him nonetheless. He does a good job.”

Ana blogs at Pandamoly.

Tell us: What alternate caregivers are part of your family?

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