I am finding life as a grown up complicated. I have become one of the disengaged, an outsider, disenchanted and seemingly disregarded.
Maybe it is my turn. Previously I have felt frustration, impatience and sometimes anger but I always felt that I knew who was making the decisions and why, even if I didn’t agree with them (Ed not David?!?).
I understand the outpouring of fury and disgust about the status quo that presumably had some impact on the Brexit vote outcome but I couldn’t then and I can’t now, see how where we are heading can make it any better.
I am feeling scared and powerless-it is very unusual for me!
I hope I am wrong, that I am unrealistic, gloomy, only seeing the worst. I hope so.
I find that children and young people are amazing, they are able to get on with it and their frustrations and disengagement with adults and their ways will save them from being overwhelmed. Young people are used to grown ups making seemingly random rules and far reaching decisions that don’t take other group’s needs into account. They often feel the need to fight and argue and challenge to make their space in the world. To get some attention. To have their voice heard.
Children and young people will inherit what we leave them and so they need skills, resilience, confidence and self esteem in order to survive and thrive.
Islington Play and its excellent staff team will continue to try to facilitate the environments and experiences that allow children to explore the world they find themselves in, find out about themselves and others and experience as much independence and freedom as possible.
I will hunker down and focus on the work that I have committed to because I really believe in it.
IPA is at the heart of Islington’s approach to children through our services and aim to support all families to protect, nurture and encourage their young ones to engage energetically with their world – whatever that looks like.