Have courage and be kind

In a week that has rocked the world I have found myself holding onto the girls a little tighter. They are too little to understand the sadness of last weekend in Paris and I’ve found myself wanting to protect them even more than usual.

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It scares me when I think about the world they are growing up in.  Paris just brings home what atrocities are happening around the world on a daily basis.

As a mother you want to protect your children but at the same time you don’t want to smother them and prevent them from seeing the beauty of the world and living a full and happy life within it.

There are two phrases that are my parenting mantra – ‘ this too shall pass’ for those tricky days and ‘ Have courage and be kind’ from a dear old friend with a love of glass slippers and it is the latter that I hope of anything I can Instill in the girls.

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I want them to have the courage to pursue their dreams, to be who they want to be, to stand up for what they believe in and to be brave when things don’t go to plan but most of all I want them to be kind.

Our annual advent of traditions starts on the 1st of Dec and whilst it is filled with fun advents of decorating gingerbread men, watching Christmas movies and writing to santa I have also put in advents to spread kindness.

From our annual present appeal collecting presents for children in tough situations over christmas to a simple random act of kindness for a stranger, sometimes it’s a lottery ticket left on a car window at the supermarket or simply letting someone go ahead of me at the supermarket queue.

On dark days it’s hard to see that the world is full of kindness , but it is, and through a saddened heart we will be brave in living our lives with courage and kindness and hope for lighter days ahead.

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