Kaleidoscope

Some former moms from my baby class asked if I could give a little attention on my blog for a cool project that they are working on. Here are a few of the details from Katrina:

Who we are: a group of moms in the community dedicated to creating a space that supports women and children and families.

Our mission: To preserve, protect, and provide for the dignity of children, mothers, and the Earth.

What we are doing:  Gathering to raise money to purchase my current home in order to create a space for children, for family education, and for women who have a desire to contribute to the world in ways in addition to the important contribution they make to their own family.

Our house is a two bedroom home with a converted two car garage.  The space would be used as follows:

Our little one’s room: we have a naturopathic pediatrician in our group who is interested in using the space to see clients on a part-time basis.

Our bedroom: a shared office space for professional women working part time.  Because the house would be paid for, the rent would be nominal- enough to cover insurance, utilites and maintenance.  I envision counselors, massage therapists, myself (as a certified temperament specialist), etc. sharing this space.

The living room: a meeting room/”classroom” for classes supporting children and families- La Leche League, Baby Signs, Natural Childbirth, etc.

Converted two car garage: a preschool/childcare space for the children of the moms working at Kaleidoscope and community children

So that’s the nuts and bolts of it.  The heart of it, obviously, goes much deeper.  My intention is to create a space where children feel loved, nurtured and supported.  I have been blessed with the opportunity to have worked in my children’s preschool and elementary school.  There was a certain security we all felt in knowing each other were in the building.  I would love for more moms and children to have that opportunity.  Also, going to the doctor’s office can be a scary thing.  How much more comforting to have it be in a home, much less in a home that is so familiar and safe!

I have been a certified temperament specialist for 10 years.  I have always had very positive responses to my classes when I have talked to people about them (or taught at the Family Resource Fair), with people wanting to know when my next class was going to be held.  Being an independent contractor, I have struggled to find free/low cost meeting spaces that have allowed me to keep my prices low and accessible to everyone.  I have talked with many other women who have experienced the same struggle.  So it is personally and professionally important to me to provide that kind of a space for the many valuable classes I know are available for teaching, but in need of a home.

Also here is another message that my friend Betsy passed about a cooking class she will be teaching:

I am teaching a “cooking with kids class” at the Coop July 20th from 5:00 to 6:30. It’s only $20 for members and $25 for non-members. Admission includes one adult, one child, and ingredients for meals. You can call the  coop for more details!