Our children are growing up in a completely different world to the one that we grew up in; an unknown territory where they seek likes from strangers rather than praise from family, where socialising is done alone, in a bedroom, on a phone. A scary territory full of trolls and fake identities. A place where cyberbullies prey on innocent people, cyberbullies that they cannot easily escape from, not without disconnecting from their technology, their world.
As parents we can often feel useless, all that we can really do is be there and offer support, and some very wise words. The people over at The Book of Everyone believe that our advice is more important today than ever, and as a result they commissioned award-winning photographer David Boni to take a series of portraits of inspirational people who all work with children. These people were asked a simple question: What are your 3 wise words for kids this Christmas? The answers brought beautiful and contrasting insights into the truths we hold dear for our next generation.
The people taking part in the ‘Three Wise Words For Kids’ project hear first hand young people’s hopes, fears, and dreams. They include ITV This Morning’s Dr Ranj Singh, a children’s law barrister, a video game developer, a teaching assistant for severely disabled children, a health visitor, a boxing coach, a special needs tutor, an athletics coach, a paediatrician, a childminder, and a global children’s charity worker.
The photo series was created in collaboration with WellChild with the aim to raise money for
sick children this Christmas. Cat Jones, a WellChild nurse, chooses ‘You are enough’ as her
three wise words. She explains: “Social media is making kids strive to be more perfect, more
beautiful, more of everything. It stops them enjoying being themselves. The obsession with
getting likes on social media doesn’t actually mean anything.”
‘3 Wise Words For Kids’ accompanies the launch of The Book of Everyone’s latest personalised book: Wise(ish) Words – a book that allows anyone to package up their tidbits of advice and place them under the tree this Christmas. £1 from every book sold will be donated to WellChild, the national charity for sick children. More than 100,000 children are living with serious illness or exceptional health needs in the UK. Many spend months, even years in hospital. WellChild, whose patron is Prince Harry, gives seriously ill children the chance to thrive at home with their families. See the portrait series here 3wisewords.com.
Wish-ish words is a personalised book aimed at 8-16 year olds to help them make better mistakes. The book is easy to build and there are some truly fabulous quotes to choose from, you can even enter your own if you so wish. I truly believe this is a book that should be read to every child, no matter what age, I intend to drill these quotes into my toddlers head in a bid to raise a fierce, independent young lady. A young lady who lives by my three wise words ‘love not likes’.
Win a copy of wise(ish) words here!
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