Fairytales do exist

As a child I always dreamed of being a princess. I loved Disney and was mesmerised by the idea of one day meeting the man of my dreams and living in a castle whilst wearing fancy dresses and talking to animals all day long. Unfortunately, adult life hit and I’ll be honest, it’s not quite what I’d imagined as a little girl.

I always remember people saying “fairytales don’t exist in real life” but I think it’s safe to say yesterday’s royal wedding was pretty much as close as you can get to a real life fairytale.

I’m British and somewhat proud to be and like most Brits was more than excited about the royal wedding and it did not disappoint.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were clearly in love, the way they looked into each others eyes and held each others hands was just magical. Her beauty was indescribable. The flowers were perfect. The venue was quaint yet grand. Her dress was beautiful. There was a long awaited kiss. Harry looked smart and yes, there was even a horse and carriage.

So children, if you’re asked what you want to be when you grow up and you say a prince or a princess, don’t let anyone dull your sparkle. You can be whatever you want to be and one day maybe just maybe you’ll live your own fairytale. Meghan is that’s for sure!

Regurgitate

I’ve posted about the British and American education systems before and my anger towards them both.

I was educated through the British education system and at the time I was naive as to what the aim of it really was. I went through the motions as did every other student and gained some good grades at the end of it all and that was that. The system simply requires students to sit in a classroom for 7 hours a day, learn as much as possible and regurgitate all the information when necessary for exams.

I’m not too sure how much I actually learnt throughout my school years. At times it felt as though I only tuned in when the teachers said “this’ll be in the exam.”

The picture below sums up how i feel about the system perfectly. Hopefully, one day, change will be made and education will be more about learning and less about regurgitating for exams.

Girl power

I really interesting read about how gender stereotypes are becoming less rigid.

The article states how when asked to draw a scientist 1 in 3 21st century children draw a female scientist compared with 0 children before the year 1996. More females are also undertaking science degrees which is a real step in the right direction!

It’s really nice to hear some positive news in regards to gender stereotypes.y undergraduate dissertation was on this topic hence my interest in this area.

Link below:

https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cnn.com%2F2018%2F03%2F20%2Fhealth%2Ffemale-scientists-kids-drawings-trnd%2Findex.html&h=ATMY1Dg4hF1AUvnl4cyd6Hw6Nbf_H7ZS-6e2je0dowXKTIzw7sOX3pwPzVaGSbwMrO-8fFJ_vGAm4tB29EquSyMxg_EpuV58en8hoOJ2fDpw09yRFQm5yw&s=1

One day they will be…

Something I feel passionate about is tackling gender stereotypes at an early age and encouraging boys to play with girls toys and visa versa. I really love this picture as it shows how happy little boys can be if we just let them play with “girly” dolls. There’s nothing to be ashamed of, at the end of the day it’s just a toy but there are parents out there who shape their children’s minds into believing boys must play with “boys” toys and therefore say unkind words to boys such as those in this picture. Let’s make it a norm that a toys are unisex after all, your son may be a dad one day.

On the fence

Below I have attached a link to a video regarding language delay in infants due to increased screen technology use.

This is certainly a bit of a taboo topic in recent times but it is unclear whether screen technology is all bad news.

Whilst this video/study states that increased screen time for children is at the forefront of language delays it is unclear whether this is a causal relationship. There could be other factors responsible such delays including mother’s spending increased time on mobile phones which results in speaking and engaging with the child less. It is important to consider other viewpoints and watch/read everything with an open mind.

What are your opinions on technology leading to language delays? I’m certainly on the fence!

Determination

If you fancy a bit of daily motivation check out this video and I can guarantee it’ll put a smile on your face.

It shows a little boy trying to jump onto a high stool. He tries, he fails, he tries again and subsequently fails again but then after a bit of encouragement from dad, the child succeeds. The moral of the story: stay determined, keep going and don’t let failure get you down.

Enjoy!