Kids! I Need Your Input!
Avital has always helped me in the bee yard. When she was a toddler, I let her stand next to hives, and when she turned 5, I bought her a bee suit. The suit is still a bit big, and some of the tasks are over-sized for her, too. But I’m glad she isn’t afraid of bees, and loves them as much as I do.
Notice that she doesn’t wear gloves. Usually, we don’t. She has brushed bees off frames, and held the (often heavy) frames of bees with bare hands. European honey bees, generally speaking, have a mild temperament, and aren’t inclined to sting. I’ve emphasized to her that smooth, gentle movement doesn’t upset the bees.
I love the things that honey bees teach my daughter. They teach her to be calm and gentle. That getting stung hurts, but isn’t the end of the world. That insects are our partners in the food chain, pollinating much of what we rely on to eat, and they deserve our respect and protection. Working with bees teaches her where food comes from: we study which plants the bees the bees pollinate, and which they use to make honey. We garden together and study how we can best take care of those plants, for the bees’ health, and ours.
I’ve wanted to add a kids’ line to my business for a long time. The pairing is so natural, after all. All Purpose Balm started out as a drool rash balm for babies, but I soon realized it wasn’t just for kids. And I think my Ithaca Body Butter is fabulous for a pregnant woman’s belly (shea butter, cocoa butter, and beeswax are the ingredients I used to fight the horrid itch that can come with stretching skin), but I don’t label it that way.
Bath time with littles can be the best part of the day… or the most frustrating. Is there a kid who hasn’t gone through the bath boycott? So I’ve been thinking about my life as a mom, talking to others, and talking to the wonderful people at Mama Goose in Ithaca about what kids and parents want and need to make tub time relaxing for everyone.
I’m testing my first kid-friendly bath time treats now: foaming bath soap and an after-bath massage butter. Do you have any other ideas for me? I’d love to hear from you. What are your favorite scents? Is unscented best for you? Do you have worries about any particular ingredients? Do you have favorite ingredients? I want to create bath time fun that really addresses what you’re looking for!
Oh, and a certain young artist has provided me with a logo. What do you think?