[Ansteorra] OT: SCA Baby?

Bulgarelli Maria scarlettmb at sbcglobal.net
Tue Jul 10 10:33:19 PDT 2007

Well put.

As a former MoC, I was frequently left with children
for an entire event.  Parents didn't offer to help and
I had 6 - 10 kids at an event looking for attention
and stuff to do.  

I came up with lots of was to occupy the kids, but
never got the help that was requested from the

Now we have rules about how long the kids can be in
children's activities, parents putting some time in on
childrens activities, and, most recently the MoC
having a background check.  

All great ideas.

--- Aline Swynbrook <alineswynbrook at yahoo.com> wrote:

> A few notes from someone not yet a parent:
> Please don't assume that a gentle who is watching
> someone else's children will gladly watch yours as
> well without checking with that person.  I was once
> watching a friend's child at an event who I could
> keep
> in eye-sight while seat (I had injured my foot three
> days before and was not up for much running around).
> Within an hour, five other children had accumulated
> with no parents in site to play with the one child I
> was watching.  I didn't know most of these children
> or
> their parents and could not easily run after them. 
> They were left in my "care" for over 2 hours.
> Also, please, please know where your children are
> and
> what they are doing.   At Northkeep's Castellan two
> years ago, I returned to the camp my lord and I were
> sharing with his Laurel and extended apprentice and
> kin to find three young boys trying to catch leaves
> and sticks on fire from one of the in camp torches. 
> There were no parents in sight, and this was during
> the year when the region was under a severe burn
> ban.
> Overall, the majority of parents involved in the SCA
> are very good about watching their children, and I
> look forward to raising my own children in the SCA
> one
> day.    In the mean time, I would suggest you make
> friends with other parents of similarly aged
> children
> and see if they might be willing to share the cost
> of
> a nurse or sitter, or to camp together and share
> child-watching duties.  It will keep your children
> and
> those around you safer in the long run.
> In Service,
> Ly Aline Swynbrook
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