Parents unite

June 1st is set aside as the Global Day of Parents. Parents unite. We need each other and even more so, we need to have each other’s backs. For parenting is not a journey for the faint hearted.

And I think we can all do better at this. It is so easy to see the child having the temper tantrum rather than the mother looking on horrified. Or to decry the poorly behaved teenager rather than imagine the parents behind the scenes feeling completely helpless.

Recently I flew on a long-haul flight. On board was a young mother travelling solo with three children under 4 years old. She set up a row of rear seats with blankets, pillows, food and entertainment to settle in for the next 11 hours. And she was a wonder. She kept them rallied and in check. Every now and then one would break the code and climb across the seats and other passengers. With a firm word and gentleness she would haul that child back into line.

As we left the plane, I turned to tell her that she was simply amazing. And her children were a credit to her home. She looked shocked and delighted.

It was the Global Day of Parents on the first of this month but let’s stretch it across 365 days. Let’s remind another parent that they are indeed absolutely brilliant.

About Kelley

Kelley is a speaker, author, overseas aid worker and perpetual student. She is passionate about women and gender issues, both in the local and international context, which underpins her enthusiasm for kinwomen and its contribution to women ‘living their finest life’. In 2014 Kelley completed a Masters in International and Community Development before establishing The Foxglove Project. Foxglove is a registered charity focused on supporting international development projects that are sustainable and driven by indigenous leadership. Kelley’s paid work requires her to travel extensively to evaluate and support projects supported by Australian funds. This experience and networking enables Foxglove to partner with outstanding overseas agencies delivering real opportunities for the poor and vulnerable to lead independent self-determined lives. Kelley combines these passions with a love of family and faith. Across more than 30 years of marriage, Kelley and her husband have worked through many of the challenges of building a relationship while raising three sons. Their boys have now finished high school changing the dynamics of family life and relationships. One of her great joys is sharing parenting lessons and learning from good and bad (sometimes disastrous) experiences. She uses humour and common sense to talk about the everyday challenges facing parents in today’s context.