The tears are still drying on my cheeks as I type this. Tonight, I’ve taken one of the biggest gambles of my life – I was offered a teaching job where I could pick my hours, get free childcare, and get a proper wage… and I turned it down. Why? Because I genuinely believe that mums can change the world!
Now that push has come to shove, I have decided to chose my blog over a traditional job…
The Google gods
I didn’t start blogging to earn money – I didn’t even know that was a thing. I wanted to blog because I was the mum googling “why won’t my baby feed?” at 3am in the morning. I was the mum who had no support network and felt like I was floundering. I am still the mum who faces new challenges every day and worries about doing the right thing.
In those moments, was it a mum friend or the midwife who came to my aid? No it was the Google gods and their friends – bloggers!
I consumed blog post after blog post of fellow mums sharing their experiences, telling me that I was not alone. They reassured me that things were normal. They dispensed hints and tips of things that had worked for them. Their voices gave me the confidence to reach for help in my own friendship circles.
And as my confidence grew, I began to think, “I want to do that!”
My dream to change the world
I had a dream to lead a generation – a generation of mums who are passionate about doing their best but who need encouragement, not judgement.
I want to encourage mums to be the very best version of themselves that they can be. Yes, that will change from day to day, but that’s okay – nobody expects you to be perfect. If love is at the heart of everything you do, then your best is good enough and everything your child needs.
At a time when mums are revolting and “slummy mummy” is on the rise, I wanted to offer an alternative – a positive parenting blog, but without the “perfect mummy” sheen.
I will fight tooth and nail against the kid-shaming culture that exists:
- no more calling them “little sh**s” or “demons”
- no more teasing and humiliating them for the entertainment of grownups
- no more social sharing of every little mistake they make
- no more white lies to manipulate them into behaving
Mums – we can make this happen! We can create a culture that nurtures and inspires instead. We can change the world!
Think what a difference it would make if an entire generation arrived who had been built up and lavished with kindness! They would instinctively care for those who were struggling, work together to find solutions, and support one another instead of trying to “get one over” everyone else.
I see my blog changing lives – making mums more self-assured, kids more confident, and the world a better place.
I am passionate about creating a culture where children are fed love instead of lies, saturated with empathy instead of ridicule, and, ultimately, treated as human beings should be treated!
Gentle parenting isn’t about letting your kids rule the roost, it’s about treating them how you would wish to be treated. And more than that, it’s about treating yourself as you wish others would treat you.
Now is the time for change!
Right now, I have this platform to take on the world. How can I turn my back on it? Lucy At Home is doing something that is worthwhile – creating a community instead of a bank balance. And if I turn my back on it now, who will carry on this legacy? Who will support those mums who rely on me? Who will keep pushing for change? Who will represent the children who cannot stand up for themselves?
It’s not about the money. It has never been about the money. That’s why I turned the job down today. My head tells me I’m foolish, and yet my heart tells me that I can be a catalyst for change. Sometimes you need a spark to get the fire burning and I want to be that spark.
This is my calling.
I have a dream to change the world and today I took a gamble on it…!
Are you with me? Do you think it’s important to bring children up respectfully? Have you found the information and support on Lucy At Home helpful?
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