Perhaps I’m becoming more community aware, or maybe it’s just your soapbox gets bigger with age (if my Grandpa is anything to go by, you guys are in for it!), but there are a few subjects about which I am passionate.
Passionate enough to want to talk about it here, and passionate enough about it to endeavour to incite change.
Although these issues never garner a viral response, it’s important that I talk about them, that we think about them, because it’s easy to live in a bubble and not give a shit about what goes on out there.
It’s important to me, now that I have a voice in the community, that I try to use this blog to create awareness of issues. The interwebs is great for giveaways, making a Grumpy Cat famous and watching Miley Cyrus do, well, you know, that but it can be used for so much more.
This recent change within me prompted me to do something I vowed to never do. You see, for the past 19 years, since the dawning of my eligibility, I did not enrol to vote. I was so disinterested in our government that I made a stand by not voting.
Now, I’m so appalled, I must vote.
I thought if Tony Abbott truly does become our next Prime Minister, by some incredulous mass of group misjudgment and I had not voted otherwise, then I could never crow about his toolery from my soapbox.
Recently, when I was nominated to be on the advisory board for the movement The Parenthood Project, I thought it was a the perfect way for me to begin to use my voice.
The Parenthood Project is a non-partisan movement that is all about creating positive changes for our children, and the parents and carers in our neighbourhoods.
You see, often when we identify a problem that seems too big to change, we feel powerless to do anything.
How can one person make a difference?
There is power in numbers, and power in loud voices, and that’s what The Parenthood Project is proposing to be.
Founded by journalist and TV and radio parenting advocate, Felicity Moore, and Genevieve Atkinson, a social commentator and writer who has been a campaigner at state and federal level for over 10 years when they realised that there was no single group campaigning for the parents needs and wishes from a grass roots level.
Felicity and Genevieve are mums, like me, who have concerns, like I do, but they are women of action, and they know how to to go about stuff.
We had our first meeting last Saturday and discussed all of the issues that are concerning us as parents.
I am concerned about issues like nutritional education for parents and easy to understand food labelling on our shelves; I worry about the use of technology in our kids and the need for computer safety; Parental supports, safe and clean parks for all, not just the privileged.
The concerns voiced by other members inspired me, as they were so noble and thoughtful and BIG.
Equality no matter your socio-economic status; all children having the chance to a great education, and three meals a day.
Work places being more supportive of returning parents; social inclusion for same sex families, or indeed anyone that is deemed different; access to healthcare.
Advertising on junk food.
Indiginous children’s rights; child refugee’s rights; underprivaleged children’s rights.
Making little voices heard at a government level.
It was a list that could change our communities. Change our children’s futures.
Change our lives.
The Parenthood Project plans to tackle issues that effect us and our families head on. Some are easier than others. Some will require help.
The Parenthood Project’s first campaign is up and running and it’s one that I feel passionately about. They have joined forces with Choice, Australia’s leading consumer advocacy organisation - are asking ALDI to cut the crap.
You may have noticed that ALDI supermarkets have a ‘balanced’ lunchbox logo in their store. They’re essentially suggesting foods to parents that are healthy and nutritious for our kids to eat every day in their packed lunches… the thing is, they’re misleading us.
At first glance, fruit yoghurt, wholegrain muesli bars and wholemeal crackers with real cheese all sound like healthy lunchbox snacks, right?
The yoghurt ALDI recommends has more added sugar than real fruit, the muesli bars are drizzled in chocolate, and the cheese and crackers are high in salt and saturated fat. Then there are the chips and sugar-sweetened poppers with more than five teaspoons of sugars per serve.
As every day food choices, they are sending us down the garden path.
This Cut the Crap campaign has the potential to make a change for the better, and help us as parents make better food choices for our children.
Take 30 seconds to follow the link and add your voice to the Parenthood Project’s first project. Be sure to follow The Parenthood Project on Facebook so you can follow the progress of their campaigns and see if there are any other campaigns that you are passionate about.
If you have an issue you would like to see changed, be it small or large, don’t hesitate to contact them, or me, directly.
Together, we can make changes for our future and the future of our children.