Kelsey Monroe’s third-graders were engaged March 18 at Midway Heights Elementary School. The topic was food, specifically spinach. Yes, spinach, the vegetable that makes Popeye big and strong. Except this spinach didn’t come from a can.
When I met Latashia, she wasn’t ready to interview. She just came home from Alabama, a place that held not-so-happy memories for her, after visiting a sick grandmother. For the past seven years, Columbia has been her safe haven. Revisiting the physical location of her past shook her present world, and she wasn’t ready to tell her story when I first came to speak to her.
Babywearing was born out of practicality. Mothers needed a way to go about their daily lives while tending to their babies. It has been practiced in many cultures for hundreds of years and remains popular today.
Babywearing is using carriers, wraps or slings to hold the baby close to Mom or Dad while leaving hands free to cook, clean, shop or take care of other children.
Some parents don’t wear their babies because the practice looks intimidating. Babywearing International of Central Missouri is available to help.