Typically atypical

There’s no doubt about it, all children are inspirational and unique. Their a bit like fingerprints in the fact hat no two are ever the same and that’s what makes each and every individual so interesting. However, in general, most (I use the term most loosely) have similarities. They have two eyes, two ears, two arms, two legs, a nose, a mouth, you get the picture! Although, for some children this is not the case. Some are born with a disability whether that be mental or physical. Some have life limiting conditions. Some cannot hear. Some cannot talk. Some will never walk. But, at the end of the day, we are all human and what does it matter? Every child deserves a chance in life and deserves to feel equal to their peers and treated with respect, love and kindness.

I stumbled across this channel on YouTube today that shows true compassion and i’d strongly advise you all give it a watch. If you’re feeling down about life, annoyed about following the same mundane routine or just want to be inspired by some AMAZING children and their families then go and check out “Special Books by Special Kids” and prepared to be wowed.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4E98HDsPXrf5kTKIgrSmtQ

The indoor generation

The children of today are the indoor generation. They spend more time indoors than previous generations and it has been noted that some children spend less time outside than prisoners.

I completely understand times have changed and the world is unfortunately not as safe as it once was but the indoor generation certainly need more time outside.

Girls alone

An interesting watch!

A programme about a group of 10 young girls left alone in a house without adults and rules… it’s quite disturbing how horrible little girls can be to one another! It also shows how pre teens also need boundaries and adult supervision.

Enjoy!

Family Fizz

Firstly i’d like to apologise for the 5 month absence. I took some time off to finish my degree and travel before beginning my Masters in 2 weeks (EEK!). I also only post when I feel inspired and it turns out I haven’t been feeling that inspired lately. There is so much bad in the world that there seems to be a focus placed on that rather than the good which has left me feeling a little deflated. Don’t get me wrong, there are moments that make me appreciate how great the world is but I currently feel they are overruled by negativity. However, you can always rely on a child to brighten up your day.

I have been following Family Fizz on YouTube for a couple years now. They are a family of vegans who vlog their daily lives with an aim to inject happiness and positivity into their viewers lives and they do a pretty good job of it too. This morning I had the joy in watching their 5 year old daughters birthday vlog. Now, I know what you’re thinking another video of a spoilt child opening a never ending supply of presents. Incorrect.

When little Sienna was asked what she wanted for her birthday her response was “I want to give toys to charity because I have everything I need.” So, that’s exactly what they did. The family went on a shopping spree in Toys R Us and filled up two trolleys worth of toys to donate to children who are less fortunate than themselves. What 5 year old do you know that would rather give than receive hey?

The video brought tears to my eyes because it’s just so beautiful to see how well raised this precious 5 year old girl is. So selfless, so kind and just so grateful for everything she has.

I’m sure Darren and Georgie (parents) will never see this post but if you’re reading this well done. You have restored my faith in parenting in the 21st century.

A second chance

A really lovely programme that gives those that struggled with school a second chance at a jockey training school. It’s great to see how the teenagers blossomed whilst spending time with nature and horses.

One toy

There are moments in life that make you stop and think. This picture is one of those moments.

I’m not saying that all children with a never ending supply of toys are always sad and a child with only one toy is always happy but it appears as though those with less appreciate what they have a lot more.

I have been following two families on YouTube recently (the channel names shall remain nameless) but one family spoil their children at any given opportunity whilst the other family lead a minimalistic life where the children have limited toys yet, it is without doubt that the children from the latter family have much more appreciation for everything they have in life. They appreciate their food, nature, the outside world and their lives.

I am not condemning those who spoil their children yet I urge you to stop and think. I mean does your child really need 10 dolls? It is important to teach children from a young age that you have to work hard in life to achieve.

The nurture room

An interesting watch about children that struggle in the average classroom setting.

When I grow up

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I am an avid musical theatre fan and love nothing more than a trip to see a musical. I know you shouldn’t have favourites but for the past 5 years Matilda the Musical has been my number 1. I have seen the show 4 times at the Cambridge theatre in London (soon to be 5) as well as the performance on the TV programme “Surprise, Surprise” and numerous times at West End Live. There’s a sort of magic in the show that I feel applies to all ages, the story is beautifully written by Roald Dahl and adapted well by Dennis Kelly but most of all the music has so much meaning behind it, something I feel many modern musicals lack nowadays. Each song is so pure and clever and expresses so much emotion. You will laugh and cry and no doubt you’ll want to go back and see it again!

One song I like in particular is entitled “When I grow Up” written by Tim Minchin.

Please find below a YouTube video of the song being performed:

The song highlights children’s desire to grow up and become adults. We constantly tell children that they are a “big girl” and that “you’re so grown up” which perhaps encourages children to grow up too fast. The song however shows what children think it means to be a grown up for example, being tall, smart, eating sweets whenever you want, going to bed late and being brave and strong. It’s interesting to see what children think adulthood is really like and how exciting the concept of growing up appears to them. Maybe we should take a step back and enjoy adulthood. Sometimes the stresses of everyday life take over and stop us from enjoying our freedom to do what we want, eat what we want and go to bed late every night. So, my advice to you is to remember that children have some great ideas so listen to them more and enjoy being an adult because when you were a child it’s all you ever dreamed of.

Lyrics to When I grow up:

When I grow up
I will be tall enough to reach the branches
that I need to reach to climb the trees
you get to climb when you’re grown up.

And when I grow up
I will be smart enough to answer all
the questions that you need to know
the answers to before you’re grown up.

And when I grow up
I will eat sweets every day
on the way to work and I
will go to bed late every night!

And I will wake up
when the sun comes up and I
will watch cartoons until my eyes go square

and I won’t care ’cause I’ll be all grown up!

When I grow up!

When I grow up, when I grow up
(When I grow up)
I will be strong enough to carry all
the heavy things you have to haul
around with you when you’re a grown-up!

And when I grow up, when I grow up
(When I grow up)
I will be brave enough to fight the creatures
that you have to fight beneath the bed
each night to be a grown-up!

And when I grow up
(When I grow up)
I will have treats every day.
And I’ll play with things that mum pretends
that mums don’t think are fun.

And I will wake up
when the sun comes up and I
will spend all day just lying in the sun
and I won’t burn ’cause I’ll be all grown-up!

When I grow up!

When I grow up. I will be brave enough to fight the creatures that you have to fight beneath the bed each night to be a grown-up.
(When I grow up)

Priceless

Sometimes it’s the simplest things in life that bring a smile to a child’s face. Stop and think before you spend hundreds of pounds on toys your children really don’t need this Christmas/Thanksgiving. Appreciate the small things in life.

 

Are you happy?

Unhappy-child

Research by “Children’s Worlds” has shown that children living in England ranked 13th out of 16 countries in terms of children’s life satisfaction. This is something that saddens me greatly.

England came bottom on the list in many aspects including:

  • body dissatisfaction
  • poor relationships with teachers
  • dissatisfaction with school performance

Many of the points listed above could be tackled immediately.

I feel that many young girls, in particular, suffer from body dissatisfaction due to the media portraying women  in a certain way. The women we see on the television, in films, in magazines all look “perfect”, they have tanned skin, their bodies are perfectly proportioned, they wear expensive, designer clothes and branded make up, they always seem upbeat and happy but in reality this is all a lie. Many celebrities have problems which the media fails to touch upon, instead choosing to focus only on the good. One example of this is Zoe Sugg also known as “Zoella” who is a beauty guru/YouTuber. She documents her life online and has a loyal following of 10 million people from all around the world. Although Zoe’s channel focuses on beauty she also speaks of her struggles with Anxiety and offers advice about how she copes with this. I feel that the children of today need more people like “Zoella” and fellow YouTubers such as “Sprinkle Of Glitter” to help them through childhood and to make children realise that it’s ok to feel sad sometimes and to not look “perfect” 24/7. There are more important things in life than looking good.

As for the points regarding poor relationships with teachers and dissatisfaction with school performance, I feel that teachers need to be trained more in child Psychology. I am fully aware how difficult and time consuming a Primary Education degree is but I feel time needs to be set aside to educate teachers in recognising if a child is unhappy and ways to overcome this. Teaching is more than just education, it is a job that involves caring and passion which is often overlooked by the Government. The UK Government places a lot of pressure on Primary School aged children, it’s therefore not surprising that children are dissatisfied with their performance and they’re constantly reminded to strive for more and to work harder. Sometimes we need to take a step back and praise children for their achievements no matter how big or small. A simple well done could lift a child’s mood and remind them that they are special.

The article I was referring to in this article is linked below:

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/feb/16/children-in-england-rank-near-bottom-in-international-happiness-table

“Zoella” and “Sprinkle of Glitter’s” pages are also linked below:

https://www.youtube.com/user/zoella280390?gl=GB&hl=en-GB

https://www.zoella.co.uk/

https://www.youtube.com/user/Sprinkleofglitter

Picture from: http://geniuspregnancy.com/parenting/how-children-react-parents-stress.html