After the birth of my son, I began to host swaps for baby and toddler stuff at a local library. The swaps became successful, so I created Parenting for Free to spreads the word about local free family events and other alternative parenting ventures.
Parenting for Free encourages developing a community of families as an alternative to economic-based parenting.
The common adage is, parenting is expensive. And it can be. But if you’ve got time, energy, and creativity, you can get (and do, and learn) all kinds of stuff, for your kids and yourself, for free.
By reusing products, you can help to reduce the amount of waste of so many things, often barely used, being thrown away. By sharing and receiving knowledge and goods, you can foster a community of families that goes beyond merely purchasing your way through your parenting experience.
Read an article in the Warwick Beacon about Parenting for Free and one of its swaps.
SWAP for baby & toddler stuff on Saturday, Dec. 15
Saturday, Dec. 15, 1-3:30 pm
William Hall Library
1825 Broad St, Cranston, RI 02905
No money. No barter. No trade. A real FREE-for-all! Bring what you can. Take what you want. (Expectant families also welcome.)
• CLOTHES: newborn–5T & clean, folded, size-sorted.
• GEAR: in good shape! toys, books, carriers, etc.
• Bring extra bags or boxes if you’ve got them.
This is a free event; however, we are asking for a small monetary donation, if possible. Donations will go toward design and printing, gas money, childcare for our volunteers, future community events, and the William Hall Gift Fund (to support programming and materials for the library).
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