Diaper spelled backwards is REPAID

March 22, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Pam, age 2, trying out the front seat of the Uhaul. I will teach her to drive - when she's old enough!



I went off to a successful Creative Memories scrapbooking day last Saturday and in searching through cute quotes to add meaning to the pictures of my family, I found this one:


Diaper spelled backwards is REPAID.

Well, isn’t it food for thought!  Many other words are palindromes spelled into real words backwards, take for example the devil who lived and the dog who was god and the idea which gives a tug on your gut.  You get the idea…

Can I dissect this a little more – when the child consumes food, it has to go somewhere and that place is first into the diaper – your repayment for nourishing your child!

Many thankless ways children naturally have of thanking you for all the deeds you do while they are so dependent upon you.  It only seems to become more of an obvious topic when children start their first  signs of independence.

We teach them to move around, wiggle, roll over, crawl, and aid their little feet into first steps!  Yet, we get repaid for these advances through inquisitive minds determined to touch, reach, climb, chase, and eventually run after objects which are less than desirable. I think of when Pam learned to make her way around our local Zellers, I started to lose track of her faster and faster.  She got so quick on her feet and would disappear, not just around the next corner, but appropriately, all the way over to the toy section of the store in less than 3 minutes of entering!  Gee, don’t I love it when they learn to do new things <she says sarcastically…>

The raising of my girls has been rewarding because of their independence though.  When they learn to eat with a spoon by themselves – yahoo!  I can now share a meal at the same time as you!  When they learn to drink from a cup – yahoo! I can now be more flexible in where we go out for dinner in trusting your table skills!  When they learn to take off their own diaper – yikes!  Why did I want that one to happen?  Oh yeah, its another sign they are ready to be toilet trained!

Baby ready to change to cloth

Ready for the cloth diaper change!

How much do you want to be REPAID for the diapers your baby is in.  There should be some even exchange formula you can expect from your child.

Let’s take this idea to disposable diapers – garbage on – garbage off.  We pick up the packaging, use it, and it gets repackaged as waste at the curb.  For how long?  In North America, diapers have been manufactured since the 1970’s and they are massed produced for babies of all sizes to wear.  Babies in disposable diapers seem to procure worries from parents about how they believe their children will start kindergarten still using diapers. What a repayment!  Have you had a disposable diaper fail you?  Have you had the poop running out of the diaper and leaking all over the clothes baby wears and onto the clothes you are wearing or straight into your hand?  I have.  Gross.  What garbage!  And expense.  You’ll be repaid for this ton or more  amount of waste through taxes to ship our combined landfill away.

Let’s move on hybrid diapers, an example of these is the G-diaper.  This is a cross of disposable when you need it and a reusable feature when you don’t.  Flush, compost, or toss is the advertising.  The covers can be reused while the insert can be composted or flushed.  If you do actively compost with your municipality or at home, this is a great choice environmentally.  Otherwise, you’re tossing the biodegradable insert into the garbage, which will still breakdown faster than a disposable diaper would.  You’ll be repaid for this smaller amount of waste through taxes to ship our combined landfill away.

You next and oldest option is cloth diapers.  But don’t think about rubber pants and smelly pails!  All those generations of babies clothed in a reusable diaper had lots of repayment to their parents which was profitable.  Stories of babies toilet trained at 18 months are common with that set.  You and I can both see the greatest reason to give up diapers then would be the stink – get it out of the house we all would be crying!  Ugly things those diapers meant.  Now we’ve got many styles, materials, and sizes to get baby clothed in diapers from newborn to toilet training.  You can still be in diapers for less time with the current cloth systems.  Diaper pails have even evolved to let the pail ‘breathe’ without the smell and help cut the smell with a deodorizing circle inserted.  Even the laundry end of cloth diapers has become more cost effective with high efficiency, front loading washing machines and dryers which work on minimal energy draws compared to their older counterparts.  Add in some scented Laundry Tarts detergent and it gets a little sweeter with each load.  Repaid indeed!  The first baby on cloth begets other babies on cloth which starts a personal trend towards cutting back our excesses in other ways too.

When do cloth diapers get pitched?  Not too often.  I understand parents rip the old apart and create new ones; use the old inserts as rags around the house, pass on diaper gear to other parents, etc. Have you checked out the action on DiaperSwappers?

Children are a wonderful blessing!  They teach you how to live all over again.  You get the joy of being so proud of your little one as a new skill is learned!  Remember every good deed gets REPAID!

Because I am a Girl..

March 5, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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I am proud to be a girl.  Aren’t you?  This is the time to show it off and remember why.  I recognize in our history all the achievements girls and women have had to let me enjoy the freedoms I have.

Now, I have options.  I can go to university.  I can work outside my home after marriage.  I can earn an income to help support my family.  I can raise a family and work full time.  I can challenge myself to do anything I set my mind to.  Yet my options were not those of my grandmother’s.  So, I value them even more.  My options are not those of all women around the world, so I hold them dear and be thankful.

In terms of cloth diapers – I like my options and I have many creative, enthusiastic women to draw inspiration from.  In January, I got to meet Betsy Thomas, the co-founder of Bummis.  She has been in this business for more than 20 years and was willing to sit down with me on the couch in a hotel room to have a thoughtful conversation about my own business and potential directions to go.  The Real Diaper Association was organized in 2007 by many businesses – most of them founded and headed by women!  The great clients I meet through Changing Ways are fantastic women from all kinds of backgrounds who have different reasons to chose cloth because they have discovered cloth diapers.  Women who became fashion designers, nurses, midwifes, lactation consultants, doulas, chemical engineers, entrepreneurs, and more have had an impact on our choices for cloth diapers.  Thank you!

There are many strong campaigns going on this year which you can support your fellow women.

It’s the 100th International Women’s Day!  The special date to commemorate is Tuesday, March 8th!Because

The Girl Guides through the international WAGGGS movement have chosen girl empowerment as their theme this year.  At a local campfire at the Lansdowne Mall on February 20th, I sang the song Can A Woman?  See the words below and I ask you if you can relate to perhaps having asked these questions when you were young.

Women are people too.  This is a message that in the context of our history has been fairly recently accepted.  Remember the stories of Canadian women who fought for the right of other Canadian women to be known as people and not property under the laws?  The Famous Five changed our status as women and we’ve been constantly evolving.  Have you seen the high number of mommy blogs?

Now, we have to ask and support inspiring women to stand up for others against poverty, cruelness, and to take positions of power so that the womanly perspective can be heard around the world!  Are you a person who could lead other women? We need more women in power to make a global shift in how women are treated.  In our area, we seem to have it pretty good.  Or do we?

World Thinking Day 2011

Can A Woman?

(to the tune of “She’ll Be Coming Round the  Mountain”) Words by Iris Hirsch of GS Central Maryland

Can a woman fly an airplane? Yes she can, yes she can!

Can a woman build a building? Yes she can, yes she can!

Can a woman fight a fire?

Can a woman change a tire?

Can a woman lead a choir?

Yes she can, yes she can!


Can a woman be a lawyer? Yes she can, yes she can!

Can a woman fix an engine? Yes she can, yes she can!

Can a woman be a drummer?

Can a woman be a plumber?

Can she play ball in the summer?

Yes she can, yes she can!


Can a woman be a doctor? Yes she can, yes she can!

Can a woman drive a tractor? Yes she can. yes she can!

Can a woman lead a nation?

Can she run a TV station?

Can she head a corporation?

Yes she can, yes she can!


Just you wait until we’re older, then you’ll see

We’ll be women in tomorrow’s history!

As we grow up through the years

We’ll sing out loud and clear

Can we start the process here?

Yes we can, yes we can!!




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