We have a very exciting announcement that has been in the works for a while – and now the time has come to say: We’re so happy to introduce you to Hartley!
Hartley is a special Slumberkin, whose story was written specifically for children in blended families, in foster care, or who have been adopted.
Both of us have very personal connections to children in foster care. My (Callie’s) parents were foster parents when I was a child, so I understand how painful of a transition it can be for both the children placed in the home, and for the family that opens their home, when the time comes for a foster child to leave. Kelly’s own father was a foster child, and she has also worked with children in foster care for many years as a therapist in the Portland Public School District.
In our ongoing mission to give back, we have partnered with the Alliance of Moms to support a cause that you can see is very near to our hearts: foster care. Founded by five LA moms in 2014, the Alliance of Moms is a membership-based auxiliary group that supports the work of the Alliance for Children’s Rights. Their mission is to break the intergenerational cycle of babies born to teens in foster care. (You can read more about their mission, along with some staggering statistics, here.)
The Hartley Slumber Sloth is an ultra-soft and cuddly friend that, when used as a transitional object, can provide an immense amount of comfort and a feeling of security – to help ease anxiety and transitions for little ones.
The corresponding interactive Hartley Sleepytime Rhyme board book focuses on diversity within families and the importance of love – not blood – binding families together into a “Heart Family.” Themes of healthy family attachments, family transitions, self-esteem, and acceptance are woven throughout this thoughtful and heart-warming story. The pairing of the Slumber Sloth and Sleepytime Rhyme is perfect for normalizing diverse family structures and empowering children to take a fluid and positive view of the important relationships that shape our lives. It emphasizes that whether near or far, we carry our families in our hearts.
For every Hartley Bundle purchased, Slumberkins will donate a portion of proceeds directly to the Alliance of Moms. When you choose to purchase this bundle, you are directly impacting the organization and the young mothers and fathers they support – empowering them to become informed parents who are equipped to give their children the healthy childhood they so deserve.
Our Hartley Bundle will be available on May 1st, 2018.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if my daughter never had to experience emotional distress and I could just take it away, poof, abracadabra? One of the hardest things by far about being a parent is seeing our children in pain and we could instantly ease it. Seeing them sad, hurt, or at the will of an overpowering feeling like anger or anxiety triggers great discomfort in most parents and causes us to spring into action and employ our favorite “fix it” response. . .