This blog is going to be short and sweet and it is a little plea. Meet Henry and Isaac. They are my slingees. Henry is three and Isaac is one. They are also my real life demo dolls and are carried on a regular basis, Isaac much more than Henry.
I have been running my library since July 2011 when Henry was 19 months old (so 22 months) and the longer it has been running the more it is clear it is an appreciated and well used service. Today I have just hit 800 likes on Facebook! I regularly have between 10 and 20 adults in my living room. I joke that I only moved house because the sling library had got too big. We enjoy coffee, tea and cake!! Sometimes it is more of a social event than a library. And I would not change it for the world.
But there is a but. It’s only a little one but it still exists. Sometimes I think because I run from home people think that means I am available 24/7. I work part time, I’m a mum of 2, a wife, have two dogs and a sling librarian. The library does not pay the bills, neither do the private consultations. I wish they did, the occasional take away would be a bonus. If they did pay the bills then there would be more flexibility in when I can offer library sessions. My children will always come first. Something I need to remind myself. For example I ran my last session even though Isaac had just fallen off the bed and was suffering from signs of concussion. He spent the next day in our local hospital undergoing tests. That day taught me more than anything that they come first. To anyone who came to that session I was probably the most inefficient sling librarian on the planet. My brain was not on the job. It was on my baby. In hindsight I should have cancelled.
I will always try my best to arrange ‘out of hours’ times but if you are coming please know which sling you want, do not assume it is a ‘free’ consultation and that you can take your time. If emailing me be prepared that you won’t get a response straight away and remember I am a mum first. My boys will always be my priority. So, when visiting a sling library take a moment to think is your ‘sling crisis’ such a crisis that it needs a text message, phone call or email at 9pm? Your local sling librarian will appreciate it.