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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17 Responses to Wordless Wednesday: Consistent and Loving Care

  1. Emily  

    These are wonderful photos! I’m partial to the grandpa pics. All of them are special, of course, but there’s something about grandads and their grandchildren that gets me every time.

  2. One Rich Mother  

    What a fantastic group of pictures! I kept thinking “oh, this is my favorite one, I will comment about this one.” But then I just kept seeing one great picture after another. So I suppose in the end they all get my vote for super cutest picture. : )

    Not a lot of people are willing to watch 7 children, including an autistic 4 year old and infant twins. My nephew and his wife though are really wonderful at watching them when I need it. They have also been known to show up at my house more than once with takeout or something for them to cook and give me orders to take a nap. Thank God for amazing nephews and their wives. : )

  3. The Globetrotter Parent

    These are great photos. I can relate to the South African one. We live in Madagascar and our malagasy nanny has a similar relationship with our son.

  4. Ana @ Pandamoly  

    Such a great group of photos! It’s such a blessing to have family involved in raising our children!

  5. Alicia C.  

    These make me really wish that our little one had someone, outside of our immediate family, to have a strong relationship with. At least I can see that it is possible from the loving looks on all the faces in these photos!

  6. Abbie  

    Love these photos! My son has awesome grandparents, aunts and uncles! My MIL watches him 2 days a week and respects all of our wishes, and since my husband works in their family business, he gets to visit at coffee and lunch. The other 3 days each week, Josh goes to daycare and I’ve struggled a lot with it. I’m not happy that he has to go to daycare and I’m overly sensitive, viewing every comment they make as criticism to me. He’s happy there and has made some friends, but I still can’t wait til my summer vacation and we may be looking for a new place next year.

  7. Momma Jorje

    So many awesome photos! So much love! Wonderful!

  8. alicia  

    What a great theme and great images to go along.

  9. Amy R.

    These are so sweet! I can really relate to what @Alicia C. said: these photos make me sad that we don’t have more family in close proximity for Daniel to become attached to.

  10. Lisa @ Oh Boy Oh Boy Oh Boy  

    beautiful photos. Makes me sad thinking of the bond my boys had with my mom before she passed 🙁

  11. Jessica | Cloth Diapering Mama  

    This is such a beautiful topic that is important in AP families…we’re staying with family now and its so interesting to watch the bonding and strangeness developing…great pics!!

  12. Joella  

    I love all these photos! This week’s theme made me realize that I don’t have any photos of my daughter with my long-time friend who cares for her twice a week while I’m at class. I am so lucky to have a friend who respects my parenting ideals and has been willing to learn about things like expressed breast milk and cloth diapers. We’d be lost without her!

  13. Terri  

    Great photos – each one shows a very unique relationship. My little ones are very close to their great-grandparents and I could fill an album of wonderful photos of them together. It is such a blessing to have extra caregivers who offer a special kind of love.

  14. Marilyn @ A Lot of Loves  

    My two-year old loved looking at all these pictures. She just loves the “babies”

  15. Lauren  

    I love seeing our little ones attach so strongly to the people we love and trust!