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Time To Change

Over the past week, I have felt completely let down and heartbroken at some of the actions that continue to go on in the world. Honestly, I am also feeling…

Over the past week, I have felt completely let down and heartbroken at some of the actions that continue to go on in the world.

Honestly, I am also feeling guilty.

Having children has opened my eyes and heart so much more. Mole, is now two and Frankie is nearly one. Yet, I still didn’t address the issue of racism with myself because, I’ve always known my heart is in the right place. But now I can do better. And i’m sure i’m not the only one.

So where do we start?

It starts with self-examination

What did I find? Ignorance.

I question and wonder what was my plan? I obviously wanted Mole and Frankie to grow up with love to share for EVERYONE but, my way in thinking they would do this was to completely not pay attention to the matter and just go on about our daily lives?

Silence is not the way forward here

What am I now doing?race equality

I spent the yesterday educating myself. I realised that saying you are not a racist is not enough. You have to be active. You have to speak up.

A few articles I read spoke about how we can help our children to grow up with better intentions.

There were two ways that really stood out to me that will make a difference that I can implement right now!

Books

I went straight to Mole and Frankie’s bookshelf and took a look. This time not searching for a cute story to read to them both or to give Frankie sensory time with a touch and feel book. I studied their books. I looked at how many books had people in them. Then the books that did have people in them, did I buy books that honour and represent the lives of all people?

The answer is that their around 98% of their books had animal character.

But, the small percentage of books that did have people as characters (excluding her personalised ones) did have a range of diversity.

This left me in two minds.

One, relieved that Mole and Frankie were exposed to books where the main characters were all skin tones or religious beliefs of characters were clearly visible.

Two. Annoyed that I should have been more confident that the books they had did were diverse without me needed to check. Meaning that when I am purchasing a book. I am making a conscious effort for it to be equal.

Here is a set of books I recommend .

Dolls

Recently, I made Mole a basket in her room full of her dollies. I was very proud of this basket and how “cute” it looked. Now, I look at the basket and all I see are white dolls. Where is the equality in that? How am I setting her a good example if this is what I’m giving her to play with?

To move forward and do better, I purchased the most beautiful black doll for her to play with.

it’s important for white children to have dolls that represent different ethnicities, “to promote cultural diversity and an awareness that we are all one race: human.

Dolls have always been a good way to teach Mole to be kind, gentle and caring. This is how we helped her to love Frankie.

I know I’m not changing the world with just these two actions. But, I do feel like we are making a step forward in the right direction and I encourage you to do the same.

https://blacklivesmatter.com/

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My Current Favourite: TV Series

Hello everyone! I hope you are all doing well in lockdown right now. It is a hard time for us all and i’m sure everything will be back to normal…

Hello everyone!

I hope you are all doing well in lockdown right now. It is a hard time for us all and i’m sure everything will be back to normal soon.current favourite tv series

I understand it can be difficult to have your you time whilst caring for children, but, if you do get a moment one evening to yourself, here are some of my favourite series recommendations:

Sex Education (Netflix)

A group of high school teens giving advice on sex education. This had me belly laughing numerous of times. I can not wait for the next season! Every single actor plays their role so well. Honestly, for something light hearted, fun and easy to watch, this is your go to!

The Witcher (Netflix)

A similar vibe to Game of Thrones. A fantasy where you can switch off from the real world. Did I mention the eye candy?

Mind Hunter (Netflix)

Two guys interview famous serial killers in the hope to find psychological evidence to aid new murder cases. Very interesting as they are all based on true events.

Love Is Blind (Netflix)current favourite tv series

Ok, so I first put this one and within ten minutes I was questioning my decision. Twenty minutes later I was still questioning myself but for some reason I just could not turn the program off. Before I knew it, I had completed the whole season. Crazy people decide to get engaged without even seeing each other. It is full of drama that leaves you wanting more.

Tiger King (Netflix)

Pure entertainment. Everyone has been talking about this. The life of an eccentric man caring for tigers. Watch his plot thicken to become the Tiger King and then come crashing down on him.

Fleabag (BBC iPlayer)

10/10. My favourite. I LOVED this! Super clever, witty with an abundance of adult humour. I had tears with laughter (which if you know me, is so hard to achieve with comedy programs). And then it was paired with the emotion of feeling so attached with the characters and their story. Oh, I just loved this. I don’t even need to tell you what it is about. Just go and watch it!

Good Morning America (Apple TV)

Good Morning America was a recent watch for me. I’m not the biggest Jenifer Aniston fan so I was a little hesitant to watch it. Anyway, she completely changed my opinion on her. The series took a while to get going but when it did, it really got going!

Little America (Apple TV)

Short and sweet. The most beautiful and simple life stories of people who immigrated to America. Very heartwarming before bed.

Normal People (BBC iPlayer)

ok, so you know before when I said Fleabag was my favourite? Well I may have lied. Normal People is. Oh my word. I read the book last year in record time. I could not put the book down. My dread was for this to become a TV Series and it came true.

I was very skeptical watching this. After being a huge fan of the book, I was concerned aspects of the book wouldn’t be shown in the same way. The program was very true to the book. Almost word for word.

I don’t want to spoil this for you. Just trust me, it starts of slow and quiet but, I can assure you, you will be in love.

Caliphate (Netflix)

A Swedish Thriller Drama about a terrorist plot. If you’re into Homeland, this may be a good program for you. My heart was in my throat a few times and the ending was not what I had expected at all. Definitely give this one a go.

I hope you found this useful and there were some series you have not come across before. Please comment below and tell me your favourite series right now!

Love, Zoe

xx

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