Hope for our children in the darkness of 2016

2016 has had some very dark moments. At times heart breaking, scary and confusing. It is so hard to make sense of it all. There have been terrorist attacks – in Paris, Turkey, Nice, Iraq and many more. Checking the statistics when writing this post I realised that there were many more incidents that have gone unreported in the UK. There have been numerous shootings in the USA. The ongoing conflict in Syria is horrific in its scale and violence.

The political world has at times presented us with hate and division. Donald Trump takes my breath away with his toxic campaign tactics. There has been a rise in hate crime in the UK following the EU referendum result.  It is hard to feel hope amid all of this.

Hope for the future in 2016

Where does this leave us raising our children? I want to protect my kids from all of the darkness in the world. But how do you keep them safe without limiting their opportunities to experience the world?

While thinking on this I happened across a quote that really struck a cord with me.

“It is not our job to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world. It’s our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless.”

L. R. Knost (a child development specialist, author and mum of 6).

These words give me real hope for our crazy world. Our children, collectively will create the future. The future world leaders, great minds and innovators are being born and growing up right now. People in our present day classrooms will think of ways to solve problems that currently seem unsolvable. My kids and your kids have the power to change the world.

Our role is to raise our kids with strong values and the bravery to act on them. It’s empowering and a bit overwhelming to think about. I’m determined to rise to the challenge.  Let’s inspire our kids to make the world a better place!

10 thoughts on “Hope for our children in the darkness of 2016

  1. Amen to that. It’s a terrifying place at the mo — there seems to be one scary news report after another at the mo — it’s awful. We shouldn’t be defeated by it though — teaching the younger generation to be kind, tolerant and decent human beings is a really good way of combatting all this evil. Great post lovely! xx
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  2. The world does seem a very dark, scary place at times. But you’re right, we have to use this as an opportunity to ensure that our children grow up with strong values. It is a tough ask but I’m sure we can do it.

  3. I love that quote.. thanks for sharing.. its such a sad and terrifying place at the moment.. i do worry and wonder what it holds for our children and even their children…

  4. It is really scary what is going on at the moment in the world. We are hearing terrifying news almost every day which is really sad. You are absolutely right. It all seems very dark at the moment but we have now the job to teach our kids the best values so we can have a better world in the future. Love this post Sarah. Really inspiring! xx
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  5. I don’t tend to worry about too many of the goings on around me. I focus on the now and about what’s in front of me. Otherwise the world you would see would be a scary place and I don’t want my children exposed to such terror… xx

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