Everyday we, as parents, as Mums & Dads, we make decisions that are, what we hope, the best for our children.
Everyday we make decisions with our children at the forefront of our minds.
Some decisions are very simple. What will I give them for breakfast? What will I dress them in? Will it be cold, should I grab a sweater for them?
Some decisions are harder, but we make them, safe in the knowledge that we are doing the best for our children.
Some decisions are unimaginable. How can I protect my children from war? Can I find thousands of dollars to get my family to safety?
I don’t sit down and watch the news, I catch snippets here and there, for the most part I’m not really sure of the political ins and outs of what’s happening, I only half listen I suppose. Or I might see a headline on social media or in the newspapers online, click on and read more, give it a little thought and then click on to the next news item and before long I’m back going about my day, living my life. That may sound shallow, but I’m being honest, I am sure I am not the only one who does this. I rarely give the news a second thought until I am faced with what we all witnessed yesterday.
A heartbreaking image of a beautiful little boy, a similar age to my little boy. Aylan Kurdi, 3 years old, on a boat to a better life with his Mother, his Father and his brother Galip, fleeing their home country, fleeing civil war, full of uncertainty yet hopeful for a better life.
Aylan Kurdi & his family never arrived to a better life, instead his lifeless body washed ashore on a beach in Turkey having lost his life along with his brother and his mother, after the boat they were in capsized. I have seen the image countless times across social media, I have shed tears, I have imagined how desperate his parents and thousands of other parents are. Parents, just like we are parents, real people, real families, feeling desperate, living in fear. Parents who just like us have hopes and dreams for their babies, who should not have to bundle their babies up in the night to flee despair in an uncertain world.
The Irish Parenting Bloggers have organised a virtual coffee morning as a way to raise much needed funds for the Ireland Calais Refugee Solidarity Campaign. Click here and hit the ‘join’ button, then on Friday, September 11, pour yourself a cuppa, or share one with friends and family. Go to http://www.irelandcalaisfund.ml/ and make a donation to the fund. We suggest €5 per person, or whatever you can afford to give.
Then upload a screenshot of your donation plus a pic of yourself enjoying your cuppa to your Facebook page or other social media channels and tell your followers all about it. Link to this event to encourage your friends and family to take part too.
Members of The Irish Parenting Bloggers have come together in a blog-hop to share their thoughts on the current crisis and to let people know what they can do to help. Click on the image below where you will be redirected to The Busy Mama’s where you will find a collection of our posts. Please feel free to spread the word by sharing on social media platforms using the hashtag #ReadFeelAct.
Here is what else you can do: