Many parents wish to mark the arrival of their children in a way that is memorable, happy and personal.
Naming ceremonies are child-centred and inclusive, and often held at the start of a celebratory party, giving a real sense of purpose to the gathering.
Naming ceremonies can be held wherever you wish, as there are absolutely no restrictions. They could be at a village hall, in hotels, at home, in the garden, in the park or perhaps even, at the zoo.
Parents may choose ‘guideparents’, (the secular alternative to ‘godparents’), or maybe they prefer to call them ‘mentors’.
The occasion could be marked with a ritual, such as planting a tree. The ceremony could also include readings or songs, and perhaps blowing bubbles, pinning up handwritten paper messages or finger printing.
I love writing and conducting naming ceremonies. My mum was a nursery school teacher for her career and helped set up an National Childbirth Trust group in Guernsey, then nursery schools, followed by a nanny agency in London, so I have been helping to look after little children for as long as I remember. All this experience helps when it comes to creating and conducting a naming ceremony that everyone can enjoy, including the little human or humans at the centre of the ceremony.
Also, I’ve raised my daughter (who is now a teenager and much taller than me) single-handedly, on my own. This has given me a lot of empathy when it comes to the diversity of relationships within families that exist in the real world, and extensive skills in handling any tricky situations with tact and diplomacy. As I’ve worked full-time throughout, it’s also given me lots of good organisational skills. (As any working parent knows, these are essential.)
Please get in touch to discuss your ceremony in more detail.