As a father of four children, and with a good few years of experience, I now realise how my influence has had such an enormous effect on how my children have turned out as adults with meaningful lives. How I taught them to be inquisitive and to ask questions that I sometimes found difficult to explain. I taught them how humour can be both a fun thing and it can be used as self defence. Wrongly used humour can be an evil weapon that can harm those around them, it can drive others to despair and so humour must be taught to be used correctly.
So how do parents enhance the life building skills that will help their children to have a happy fulfilling life as they grow into adults. How to bring up children correctly in a world where uncertainty is the only certainty and where algorithms will start dictating what children books we should read in the evenings, whom to date or what school to send our children to?
Features like mental flexibility and emotional balance are far more difficult to develop in a book or in a class, but they start from the first day when you start reading children books and telling the young ones about the world. The big game at the end is to nurture and grow an individual who knows thyself and what he wants from life and who can ultimately find meaning in their work.
Apparently just fun animal books, the series was designed to help parents grow the many inbuilt skills that lie dormant within their kids’ inner selves. These children’s books take the child from their bedroom to a world where animals from all over the world live and expose a balanced menu of characters. From the jungles of Africa to the little known jungles of India. From the desserts of Australia to the South Pole, each book has a different set of characters that will open up the world and its reality to any child. By reading out loud children books, every day will expose the young ones to a whole new world every time and can involve all their senses. Even history, physics and arts can be broken down into small parts and made interesting by a great children's book. Would it not be good to keeping your child’s humour instead of allowing algorithms to determine what is worth them laughing at later in life?
As we all know for millions of years, the reality of life is that animals need to eat to survive. Like in the Disney epic The Lion King, where everything is connected, and everyone depends on someone else and every action has its own consequences. This is sensitively handled within these books where no animal is ever hurt. The rights and wrongs of hunting are dealt with to allow parents to explain why some hunting may be so troubling and wrong but sometimes hunting is very necessary in order to stay alive and to survive.
The Crush books also show diversity which is ever so important in a world where children should feel natural about not just different races but also to encounter a variety of cultural traditions and family structures that exist in all these countries where the books are based. Exposing children to diversity will prepare them for life in a diverse world. You do not pass on to your kid just your genes but also a responsibility to become a balanced human being ready to do good and be good in life with those around him.
Parents who are prepared to roll around on the floor imitating the animals within the books will reap the benefits of positive interaction with their kids and connect with them in an unimaginable way. It may often seem like they are not listening, but they are absorbing every word and every experience. Pulling a fish face, waddling like a big fat hippo, bouncing like an excited monkey or slowly hunting your child like a crocodile will all make a child laugh. That laughter of a happy child is worth its weight in gold and will stay with them a lifetime.
Leaving something behind to your children can be exactly their emotional development when they become grown ups.
The future of the world is currently dominated by the reality that artificial intelligence will replace humans in many walks of life. Many jobs that are currently the norm will not exist in the future. The one sure thing is that those who keep a strong operating and questioning system and imaginative brains will have higher chances to stay in control and keep the authority over things.
The thought of leaving school, going to University and training for one narrow field will become a thing of the past very soon. Our children will need to be creative and adaptable as work and life change at a pace far in excess of that seen during the Industrial Revolution of our forefathers.
Feeding the imagination of your children may just give them an edge in life that will make them the visionaries of the future. Using children books to feed their creativity may make them adaptable in an everchanging world. Children will need to be able to cope with a world where humans will compete with self -learning artificial intelligence that may show itself as robots and algorithms all learning how to know humans better than they know themselves.
Can a little book from The Crush Series really make a difference of such enormity? Hard to say, but in a fast changing world where small differences will mean the difference between adapting to the future or sinking in the pond of normality and irrelevance, giving your children or grandchildren a spark that ignites the firework that is their brain that will help them a lot.
Monkey Crush, the second rhyming poetry children’s book following on from Frog Crush will be soon available on Amazon and for direct order from this interactive website.
The characters within the books will soon come to life as children’s toys. Kids will be able to hold their favourite characters and imitate the actions of those in the book as parents read to them. Through genuine parent and child bonding and play, we can all leave behind something a bit more tangible.