Raising children in this day and age is no easy feat. In fact, it’s a veritable mine field. There are so many rules and restrictions on things that can’t be said or done, so many ways to behave. How to deal with the ever looming presence of social media, and the danger of exposing our them to too much, too soon. I’m sure we’ve all been there.
The one thing I am sure of, though, is that I want to raise my Harry to be equal minded; not to see people differently because of their gender, race or background. In this month of championing and empowering women, I want to talk a little bit about empowering our kids too.
Quite recently, we were on a drive to Harry Potter world, and I asked my Harry if he wanted to listen to a podcast that I’d been listening to lots lately – @theguiltyfeminist. We roared with laughter the whole way, through the wit and tenacity of listening to these brilliant women. What surprised me more, was how Harry took on the ideas as real lightbulb moments; not in shock, but in recognising that the things they were talking about real issues in life and society. I was so taken aback. He even requested that we listen to it all the way home, because he enjoyed it so much.
A week later, Harry was in a public speaking assembly at school, and was one of the first people to volunteer to speak. He went on to talk about the Guilty Feminist podcast at school, and told his classmates about the things he had learned. He shared his views on why the world should be equal, and why he believes that girls and boys should have the same opportunities, wherever they are. I couldn’t have been more proud.
So, here’s a photo of a real life feminist – my Harry. If this is what the future looks like, I can’t wait to witness its greatness X