By FELICITY MOORE
For years, I’ve been blogging about my adventures in parenting. It has been a great way to connect with other parents and realise we share similar concerns about our kids’ future. We want the best education for our kids, but worry about the quality of our schools. We want our kids to eat nothing but healthy, homemade meals, but sometimes give in to their pleas for the brightly coloured package of cartoon character cereal.
I’ve often found myself thinking: there’s got to be something we as parents can do to make a change for our kids – and the job of being a parent just a bit easier. There are 2.7 million families in Australia with kids under the age of 18. Together our voices can be really powerful.
That’s why I’m so excited about The Parenthood.
It’s a movement for parents like us, who want to make a difference for our kids, but don’t always know where to start or have enough spare time. Right now we’re building a broad base of parents from around the country and listening to their feedback on the issues that are most important.
Recently, we convened the first meeting of our Parents Advisory Group with a diverse group of parents from Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and the ACT to talk about the issues that matter most to parents and how we can work together create change. We talked about quality childcare, equality in education, and supporting parents and families of all shapes, sizes and varieties.
Check out what a few of members of our Parents Advisory Group had to say:
One issue that has come up over and over again both through our online survey and our Parents Advisory Group is junk food marketing to kids (an issue that’s near and dear to my heart as well). So last week, we took our first step in tackling that issue and launched a petition asking the grocery store ALDI to cut the crap from their balanced lunchbox initiative.