14th Jan 2021
As we approach 2021, a little tentatively, nervously accepting it has already brought huge changes, it’s important to take stock of what brought positivity to our lives in 2020. If we can identify those things, then we can ensure that we keep them close in 2021.
For us, what stands out amongst the rest is Kindness. The kindness we all displayed towards one another. The kindness that filled our newsfeeds, our timelines, our inboxes. The kindness of strangers, the kindness of friends, the kindness of communities (both local and online), the kindness of our partners and the kindness of our children.
It is the kindness and the strength of our children that has filled us with awe. Our little people have had so much thrown at them over the course of the last 9 months and they not only just keep going, but they do it all with such strength and with such kindness.
When the news broke that yet again schools were closing it felt hard for a lot of us to keep smiling. And that wasn’t because we didn’t want to educate our children. It wasn’t even because we knew that yet again for many of us, those fledgling careers we have battled so hard to build up whilst simultaneously balancing parental leave, school holidays, drop offs and pick-ups, were now once again going to be put on the back burner. It was because we knew that our children were once again being asked to sacrifice so much for the greater good. Once again it is their mental health and emotional wellbeing, their basic right to education, their basic need to socialise that was being sacrificed for the greater good. And for a parent is there anything harder to endure?
But it is those very same children that have yet again surprised us with their strength. With their tenacity. It is those same children, that when we give in and cry because it all just feels a bit too much, come and cuddle us or draw us a picture saying ‘mummy is awesome’ to make us smile. Our children actually lead the way in showing us how to get through this lockdown period. With strength, with kindness …. and with humour.
I read a quote the other day that said, ‘A 6 year old laughs an average of 3000 times a day, an adult laughs 15-100 times day.’ We adults need to start channeling our inner 6 year olds. 2021 has potential. It has the potential for humour, for kindness, for friendship, for community. And if a miracle is simply a good person with a kind heart – well – it has the potential for miracles too.
This post is dedicated to all your little people. They are phenomenal. And they are going to come out the other side of this absolutely fine. We as parents may not feel like ‘we’ve got this’ just yet – but they absolutely do.
Lucy Howard, BulliesOut Digital Communications Officer
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