Hello everyone 😊
Hello Jurani, I agree with you that parents can and should teach their children the good stuff: empathy, compassion, kindness etc, and that is wonderful.
But I don't think that it's possible or desirable to completely cocoon them from all of the realities of the world. I don't believe that that is equipping them well to deal with life.
I know of a pair of parents who believed they could create a bubble in which to keep their child from the harsh realities of life ... but they could only control that to a certain point, and they soon had a maladjusted daughter on their hands who did not have the skills to deal with the real world.
I agree with Unbeliever that in lots of ways it is also detrimental to the planet as it brings forth new generations who are unaware of the problems we face, and therefore unempowered to effectively instigate positive change.
I am not saying that I think young children should watch the news or anything like that. Far from it. (I don't watch the news either). And I totally agree that to give them a happy, loving home from which to launch is the best thing ever and that shielding very young children from negativity is an act of love.
But as they grow they eventually engage with the world as it truly is, (not a fantasyworld we would like to have created for them) and we can't control that like The Truman Show.
I believe a good way to protect children is to speak (developmentally appropriate) truths with them and empower them with skills such as critical-thinking and creative problem-solving. To build their self-esteem enough for them to truly believe that they are strong and capable. To empower them to believe that they can go out there and make a difference - that they can make this world a better place.
Rather than pretending to them that the world is perfectly ok as it is already.
That would be my wish for all children.
Awkward segue to cruelty-free cooking:
Hello Pepper, I have a treat for you today my friend, and everyone of course 😊:
There is a blog I like called zen habits (I think I've mentioned it before) ... well he and another blogger/author have collaborated and created a cookbook called:
Eat More Plants! - 20 simple plant-based dinners in 30 minutes or less.
I thought the "30 minutes or less" might entice you 😊
It costs zero dollars: $0! downloadable for free for everyone! If you go to zenhabits dot net, it is on the home page.