So, it’s that time of year again. It gets cold, snow starts to fall, and it seems like every school aged kid gets sick. So of course it’s time for our annual group announcements.
Cancellations or Single Leader Meetings
We try really hard to keep all meetings going that we have scheduled. Inevitably, one or two meetings each year get cancelled or changed because of either the weather, driving conditions, or health of leaders or their children. Some of the leaders drive over an hour to get to some of the meetings, IN GOOD WEATHER. If the weather is poor (or there is sickness), we may still have a meeting, but it might have less educators there to help. We ask that you please try and be patient with us. We also ask that folks who are comfortable helping out let a leader know you are willing to come and help.
In the event a meeting or playdate is cancelled, the following will happen: it will be changed in our Facebook group, on the Facebook event, the calendar here will be updated, the location will be notified, and we make a quick post to let everyone know. For this reason, PLEASE check one of these locations before the meetings this winter. Because there will be multiple notices everywhere, we will hope to catch everyone. And for BWI members, if a meeting is cancelled and you have a carrier checked out, we will notify you of how we will handle carrier swaps or holding the carrier an extra month.
Cold and Flu Season
With the winter flu season approaching, we want to send a few health reminders out. We have pregnant mamas and newborns coming to our meetings every month. We also try to keep leaders healthy so we can still come lead other meetings in different areas each month. Sick leaders also mean cancelled meetings, and we try and overlap to avoid this. It’s just that time of year.
Please STAY HOME if you or your family are feeling sick. We all understand teethy kids, but if you or your child is actively sick, has the flu, has been running a fever within the last 24 hours, or has a rash of any sort related to previous fever/sickness, please wait to visit us until the next meeting.
Lingering runny noses and leftover coughs seem like a normal part of wintertime, but we want to ensure people who are ACTIVELY sick wait to visit us. We promise, we’re not going anywhere. We will be here next week, or even next month. This is not meant to cause stress or concern, it’s just the annual reminder since wintertime tends to coincide with children and adults who are ill.
If you really need help and are sick, we can make arrangements to meetup after the meeting when you or your children are feeling better. Or feel free to pop by for a moment and exchange a carrier if you are a BWI member and need to trade something out quickly. We will work with you to swap carriers, and depending on the area you live in, there might be another accessible meeting the next week you could attend as well.
Wishes for a Healthy December
We hope you all have a healthy month. As I sit here with a sick first grader who is WAY too big for me to wear him, I’m reminded of two great benefits to using carriers that I miss now with my older boy. It’s a great way to comfort and calm a sick child. Sick kids usually just want to be held all the time anyway, your carrier can help you do that. It can also to keep folks you don’t know from pawing at your new little babe! Take the opportunity to wrap them up nice and close, and keep them safe and secure.