3 wise words
As a parent to four children, with my eldest at thirteen (sob!), I would be lying if I said I didn’t worry about him growing up in a world that in all honesty, I don’t recognise from the one I grew up in just three decades earlier.
We now live in a world where being famous just for being famous seems to be a job. We are smack bang in the middle of the selfie generation. A generation where one third of children between the ages of 11 to 15 are being cyberbullied. Children aged 5 to 16 spend an average of 6.5 hours a day in front of a screen. And Google is their go-to teacher.
And with our children glued to the television, computer consoles, ipads and mobile phones, we as parents need to remember that speaking to our children, and giving them honest and open advice, is more important than ever
And a company who really believe in that is The Book of Everyone. With the founders all being parents they are passionate about spreading this message and commissioned award-winning photographer David Boni to take a series of portraits of inspirational people who all work with children. They 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.
ITV This Morning’s Dr Ranj Singh is among the 30 people pictured. He holds up a blackboard bearing the phrase ‘Always Be Kind’ and backs it up by saying “I can offer treatments and medicines and therapies, but the thing that makes the biggest difference is giving people time and compassion. Anyone can do it.”
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.”
Others taking part in the ‘Three Wise Words For Kids’ project include 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.
These people hear firsthand young people’s hopes, fears, and dreams. And they understand better than anyone the gap between what we wish kids knew and what we actually tell them. You can see the whole series and the stories behind their words at 3wisewords.com
‘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.
Steve Hanson from The Book of Everyone explains: “It’s good to get people to stop and think about the problems and the potential of today’s young people. If you only had a few words as a survival kit for the next generation, what would they be?”
The general public are being encouraged to join in on social media by uploading a selfie holding up their ‘3 Wise Words for Kids’ using the hashtag #3WiseWords. The world won’t get better just by itself, we can all help by passing on a little wisdom to the next generation. What better time than now: Christmas, after all, is all about children.
So what is Wise(ish) Words?
Wise(ish) Words is your chance to create a personalised book for the kids in your life that’s bursting at the seams with your advice, from the serious to silly. It’s a gorgeous, thoughtful present from you to someone you love and for me, the perfect gift for Lewis this Christmas.
At 13, I’ll be honest, I thought I knew it all. When my parents gave me advice I mocked them for being so out of touch, told them they were wrong, ignored their advice and found out the hard way that, actually, they were right all along. And although I’m sure that Lewis feels the same at times, I do try hard to impart the knowledge of my 37 years in a way that he might actually listen and Wise(ish) Words is a great way to do that.
With a choice of three brilliant, bold, and beautiful artwork themes, you can then choose between funnier quotes or something more heartfelt or even make every page your own by writing in your own wise(ish) words. I chose a mixture of quotes and added in a few of my own.
The book was so easy to make and arrived in just a couple of days. I was so impressed by the ordering process, the delivery and most of all the quality of the book itself.
I’m sure that Lewis is going to love receiving his book for Christmas and maybe, just maybe, he will take some of my Wise(ish) Words on board…..
To win your own book of Wise(ish) Words, simply enter via the link below. The competition will close on Sunday 10th December and the winner will be notified via email. Good Luck!
*** This is a collaborative post. All words and opinions are my own unless otherwise stated.***