We offer Books for Babies as a group program rather than a video series or a booklet for a number of reasons. One of the biggest is that the participating families add so much to the program that we could never replace any other way.
For starters, participants keep us on track. We always strive to keep our programs relevant, so when parents share their successes and challenges, or when babies cry because we’ve been talking for too long, every contribution by the participants makes the program better.
Secondly, we don’t know everything. Shocking as that may sound, participants sometimes ask questions that I don’t know the answer to. Thankfully, we have a room full of brains, and all kinds of lived experiences available, to tackle those questions when we work together as a group. Sure, some questions don’t have easy answers, and some things we just don’t know, but in those cases it’s especially nice to know that, at the very least, you’re not the only person in the room that hasn’t figured something out yet.
There are so many other reasons, but the last thing I’ll mention is how valuable it is to make connections with other people. By participating in a group, you benefit from:
- adult conversation (which babies are not known for)
- learning new ideas
- forging new friendships, and
- strengthening the communities that we live in
I have been so privileged to meet thousands of people in my time facilitating the Books for Babies program. I can honestly say that I’ve enjoyed meeting all of the parents, caregivers, community partners, and of course, all of the babies. All of these meetings, discussions, and great questions have enriched my life in countless ways. And I hope that you’ll find a group that offers you the same thing.
There are several Books for Babies programs still to come this fall. Please look at the schedule on the Centre for Family Literacy website to find a program that works for you and your family.