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The PANK Perspective: The Second Child

“It’s okay, it’s the second one.”

I heard this from my SIL the other day. I have heard it from my parents in relation to me. I have heard it from friends. You ‘care less’ about the second child. Now, I’m not saying that in the literal sense you ‘care less’ – but I think you parents know what I mean when I say second child syndrome. The first child was the learning experience; you learned how to hold them, feed them, and burp them. You mastered the one-handed diaper change. You learned that if they fall, they will get back up. You learned that you don’t need to worry that you might fail at some things – because it’s inevitable that you will. You learned that you could and did adapt to being a new parent. So, once the second one came around, you were a Pro.

My brother’s second child and my newest nephew joined our family just before Christmas last year. For almost 4 years, his brother was the only baby in our family and we didn’t think we could love another more. Then, the second one arrived and I was smitten. There’s just something about him that I have instantly fallen in love with. It’s almost like there’s an unspoken bond between us. I’m the baby of the family; the black sheep – and I think I see that in him. As the youngest, we must stick together.

I was pondering my instant affection for him the other day, and realized that when his older brother was born I had to learn how to be an Aunt. I too had to learn how to hold, feed and burp him. I had to learn how to be a friend and role model to an easily influenced little human. I quickly got comfortable with talking in a kid-friendly voice, helping him put on his shoes and being stern with him when required. Perhaps I do in fact have a special bond with the second one, or perhaps this time around as an Aunt I’m just more comfortable and have become a Pro too.

Did you feel differently towards your second child?

 

About the Author:

Diane Morris is a PANK; Professional Aunt, No Kids and works for Mabel’s Labels as the Sales Coordinator. She’s an Aunt to two boys, and an “Auntie” to her boyfriend’s niece and nephew. She’s a sucker for romance, country music and peanut butter.

Cycling into June

Just like that and May is over! Here at the Mabelhood we celebrated May the 4th, Allergy Awareness month, Mother’s day & Victoria Day.

The Community Relations Committee food drive was a great success. We collected over 500 items! The winning team was our Marketing department with a total of 123 items. The close runners up were the Customer Service & Sales/Retail team with 115 items. It was exciting to get our competitive spirit going for such a good cause.

We also organized a healthy potluck to raise funds for our Big Bike team. We shared salads, sushi, salsa and many more delicious treats. Dustin from the Heart & Stroke Foundation came by to tell us more about the foundation and the way the money we raise is put to work. It was a really fun and informative lunch. Now with May behind us we’re well on our way to summer and the Big Bike team is looking forward to our bike ride on June 18th. Help us kick off summer right. Sponsor our team today at Mabel’s Labels Team Page!

If you’re getting your kids ready for camp this summer, don’t forget our Limited Edition Camp Combo is only around until June 30!

Fundraiser Spotlight: Autism Service Dogs

Over the years we’ve had a variety of organizations host a fundraiser with us to assist in generating funds for their cause. Like people, every fundraiser is different and we felt it was time to shine the spotlight on some of the people and organizations running a Mabel’s Labels Fundraiser.

In October 2013, Cayleb received his National Service Dog, Ivy

Kaley is a busy mom of three and has been a Mabel’s Labels customer since 2007. She purchased her first set of labels for her son, Bryceson, when he started preschool and discovered that she could host a fundraiser selling the products. She tucked this tid-bit of information, away. It wasn’t until April 2012 that she recalled the fundraising program and registered, Paws, for Cayleb, to assist with her goal of raising funds by earning 20% commission. Her son Cayleb was approved for the waiting list to receive a service dog for autism from National Service Dogs. The average cost to train and maintain a service dog over an 8-10 year working life is valued at $30,000.

Knowing many family and friends that wanted to support her efforts for the service dog, she suggested that they do it through purchasing personalized labels from Mabel’s Labels. She loves that the fundraising program is easy and that the product is shipped directly to the people that ordered!  In conjunction to hosting an online fundraiser with Mabel’s Labels, Kaley and her family have raised over $24,000 with help from other fundraising initiatives like a Bowl-a-thon, 50/50 tickets, silent auction, bake sale, Raffle, Chocolate bar sales, and donations.

Sharing her customized fundraising link through email, Facebook and on www.pawsforcayleb.blogspot.ca  has not only helped spread the word about Mabel’s Labels to assist in supporting her cause, but has also raised awareness of autism and of National Service Dogs within her community. We applaud you Kaley!

As someone who manages many fundraisers, the best advice Kaley can give is to get started immediately. Then be sure to promote your fundraiser at key times. She likes to roll out her Mabel’s Labels campaign before summer camp and back-to-school.

We wish Kaley, Cayleb and Ivy continued success and happiness. Thank-you for choosing to fundraise with Mabel’s Labels!

If you’d like to support Paws for Cayleb, purchase your next order of Mabel’s Labels via www.pawsforcayleb.mabelslabels.com

If you want to sign up your Preschool to earn extra funds, visit: http://www.mabelslabels.com/form/?form_id=fundraising-ideas&form_size=1050

Find out more about National Service Dogs, and to read Co-Founder Julie Cole’s stories regarding autism see her tab right here on the blog.

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