‘When you first sang Ben’s name in the hello song,’ Joanna confided, ‘I thought I was going to cry!’
Whenever the group is small enough, we sing hello around the circle, greeting each child and baby by name. We’re noticing them, accepting them, and by naming them we are making them part of the group.
I don’t think Joanna’s experience is uncommon. It’s powerful to hear our baby being noticed and to hear aloud the name we have chosen after hours of discussion. Sometimes it’s also the first time that our child is the participant of a group, rather than us, the adult.
I’m only human, and do sometimes forget names, but I try really hard to remember because I know it makes a difference. We all deserve to be named.