And with a new baby I think again about how I can get out and involved with events. It’s always a tricky one, that is never straightforward and often stressful, at least for the mother involved 🙂
With my two previous boys I was never really in the position or mindframe to take them to events with me. At that stage I wasn’t really participating in events and didn’t have the confidence to take them out with me, but that was 6/7 years ago now. Things have changed since then where I have been much more active in organising and attending web and software testing related events for the past 5 years or so.
Now that I am juggling young baby-ness again, it has made me think about all the challenges that are involved. And also how much more willing and confident I am to just ask and/or bring a baby or kid along to an event. This is not something I would have done in the past and probably not something most mothers would do.
I think, as a community, we should be encouraging women/families more. Of course, this includes men wanting to bring kids along too, women is just a generalisation. It by no way means that events would get overtaken by children, I think most parents wouldn’t let this happen 🙂
The reality is often that event organisers don’t actually mind having kids/babies around, as long as they don’t ruin the event for others, but this is rarely communicated.
I now ask the organisers of events if it is ok to come along with my baby. No one has said no to me yet, but should I have to ask?
So, I thought why not have a sign showing an event is ‘kid friendly’? Much like the Disabled sign we are all so familiar with. Or like a more recent ‘Breastfeeding Friendly’ sign that many public locations are promoting?
Would this encourage more women to come along to events?