Having 2 ears and 1 mouth so we listen twice as much as we talk, isn’t just a rule for children!
I am one of the first people to admit that I don’t always listen to what my 4 year old is saying. Some days I simply nod my head, make what I feel is an encouraging grunt in agreement about some of weird and wonderful stuff he says and continue with my own thoughts. But somedays, he catches me out. Whether he asks a question that I didn’t think a 4 year old would be considering, or he decides to share a pearl of wisdom and I wonder where on earth did he pick that up from.
But what I do like is the ability of children to see things in a clear and unobstructed way. They are not influenced by money or politics and worried what the result of them siding with one viewpoint over another will be. They have the privilege of being able to say exactly what is on their mind at the time of their choice. For some reason 5am seems to be the perfect time to tell me his plans to be friendly to spiders so that him and his hero Peter Parker, along with the Paw Patrol, will be ready to face any challenges that might come along.
Recently, on our “Are we there yet?” vlog, I had the pleasure of chatting with Lauren Davies. I met Lauren through a mutual friend and was very interested to hear about her and her pro surfing husband Gabe Davies, involvement in Surfers Against Sewage. What started out as a small group of people on a mission to reduce the amount of sewage waste entering the oceans around the UK, has become a huge movement in the fight against the damage we are doing to the ocean through plastic and waste. I highly recommend you visit their website and read through some of the projects they have pioneered and lobbied Government for, especially at times like this where it seems our consumption of single use plastic seems to be on the rise.
Lauren is also the author of a fantastic children’s book called “Little Turtle Turns The Tide” and she explained to me how the inspiration for the book came from her son Bo, who is now 6 years old. They were on the beach at an event and Bo, who himself has been active with SAS for his whole life, started cleaning up the rubbish being left by the others at the event. He managed to convince other people around him to get involved and soon there was a lot of people cleaning up the beach. This made Lauren think that a book about little heroes and how they can make a difference would hopefully give other children the confidence to stand up and be heard.
It is also this approach that we believe in with our positive impact pledge for travel. If everyone makes small change to their behavior, the impact could be huge. You can read more about our positive impact pledge here
Lauren also told me that Bo doesn’t understand why people would not want to protect our planet and make it better since we have to live here and it is that simple outlook on life and unbiased way of thinking that proves to me how important children can be in making adults and companies look at what they are doing and how they can do it better. For a lot of schools, educating children in the impact they can have on the environment and how the actions we take can damage the earth, is part of their curriculum and so children can be a lot more switched on their supposedly smarter parents. It wouldn’t be the first time my son has told me off for putting something in the bin that should have went into the recycling and it makes me proud when he does this. I just wish that he would choose not to do it at 4am after waking me with a karate chop to the throat ensuring he has my full attention.