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.
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!