Hello Little Ones,
It’s been a while! Are you still little?! I hope you all had the most wonderful, gorgeous, magical Christmas and Father Christmas bought you so many presents that you were utterly impossible to live with for the rest of the holiday period!
We’re nearly halfway through the month of January, which means that many of your grown-ups will have already given up on their new year’s resolution. There are many reasons for them giving up prematurely, but in my humble opinion there is one reason that links them all. Your grown-ups just didn’t feel the burning passion that is needed to keep up something consistently. If they didn’t adore the feel of lycra on their slightly wobbly bottom before Christmas, a massive drinking session won’t have changed that.
I decided this year to set myself a resolution that would make a difference to not only me, but to my babies too, for they are my number one passion in life. I’ve decided to vastly reduce the amount of plastic that I use in my house. In my life, in fact. Plastic is everywhere! No, this isn’t an excuse to throw away literally all of their toys!
Here is my plan, which is so far going remarkably well
- Get a Sodastream for Christmas so that I no longer buy sparkling water in plastic bottles.
- Use foil or greaseproof paper to wrap food instead of clingfilm, as the former can be recycled.
- Track down that wax paper for wrapping sandwiches that I once saw on Facebook but have never seen again.
- Buy a very fancy water bottle to carry around with me, and then not lose it!
- Tut at people I see drinking water from a disposable plastic bottle!
- Buy a fancy coffee travel mug and a fancy coffee machine, and make coffee at home (I did the maths – this has saved me a fortune)
- Always have tote bags on me so that I don’t need to use the plastic bags from the shop. If I do get caught out, I buy a reusable bag.
I’m not so good at number 5. I’m still tutting under my breath so that they don’t notice. I don’t want them to turn around and hit me with the bottle, especially if it’s still full!!!
But the rest of it is going well. I hope to see less rubbish going into my bins over the year – then I’ll definitely know I’m doing well. Once I have confirmation of my leap to environmental angelic status, I shall wield it over my children as a sign that I am worthy of their respect. It won’t work of course – they will never listen to me because I am their parent – post-partum refers to both baby and all useful knowledge when it comes to your own children.
Actually, that might be harsh. Both of my daughters have come up with resolutions of their own.
My eldest daughter, aged 8, has decided to embrace her differences. She is going to wear her red curls with pride (and my goodness she should – she is beautiful), and ‘show’ her intelligence instead of trying to hide it. I must admit little ones, I shed a tear of pride at this.
My youngest daughter, aged 5, has decided to stop lying. I should be proud. I am. But I’m also wondering just how many lies she been telling. How good at lying is she? Her mum is a professional Actor – we lie for a living. Did she learn everything she knows from me?!
Another Mother, who is no doubt quite literally an angel right now, said this when she walked on earth…
But here’s the thing. Small acts are cumulative. If we all do small things with love, then imagine how much love there would be in the world. So this year, help your grown-ups to find something they love….oh hang on, it’s you! If they make a change for the better to their own life, they change yours for the better too. Amazing!
Give your grown-ups a big kiss from me.
Lot’s of love
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SARAH CANTRILL is a woman on a mission to inspire every young child to become a reader for pleasure. She is the Artistic Director & Founder of STORY STORKS, a social enterprise that delivers interactive story workshops to early years children and their grown-ups, that help kids to fall in love with stories and develop their early language skills meaning that they have an easier time of learning to read when the time is right. She is also passionate about helping and supporting parents through the early years and lobbying for a better understanding of them and the issues they present. Occasionally she also speaks up for the kids too!