Robinsons Fruit Shoot have launched their It’s My Thing campaign to celebrate and encourage confidence and individualism in children. No two children are identical and finding out what they enjoy doing should be a fun thing – if they’re good at it even better. The main thing though is that they enjoy trying out new things out without any pressure.
Robinsons Fruit Shoot sent the boys a hamper recently, full of new things for them to try to decide if they were their ‘thing’. A thing can be a hobby, a talent or even just a random thing that they love to do. No matter how quirky, if they enjoy doing it and it’s their thing then they should be made to feel proud of that. Being an individual is not a bad thing and it would be great if more children felt like they could celebrate that.
Trying new things is a huge part of childhood although, personally I think that should continue into being an adult as well. I really want the boys to grow up being able to express themselves in any way that works for them and to always be open to trying new things. It makes life a whole lot more fun when you do.
Fruit Shoot say that;
Parents have told us they feel their kids are under pressure to grow up too quickly and live up to certain expectations and it is getting in the way of their ability to truly express themselves and discover what makes them happiest. They want their kids to have the freedom to discover and indulge in their passions – the thing that makes them happiest, because when they do it helps them be the best they can be.
Research conducted with parents and children and in conjunction with NHS doctor and expert in child development Dr Ranj Singh tells us that there are many benefits in children having a thing from being happier and more confident, to making them feel unique/themselves and helping develop their identity, connect with others and make friends.
I honestly think that this is all most of us would want for our children. According to a survey they conducted 80% of UK parents feel there is too much pressure for kids to live up to society expectations including academic achievements. Also nearly 8 out of 10 (79%) parents say this pressure limits children’s ability to be themselves and discover the things they really love.
Let’s relieve a bit of that pressure and encourage our children to just have fun, to try to find out what makes them happy.
The hamper that we were sent contained a few things that the boys hadn’t tried before. Their favourite by far was the bouncy ball making kit, they had a huge amount of fun making their own balls.
Fin also discovered that if you popped the gel type bits from the sachets into a cup of water, that they expanded and went all gloopy. Maybe science and experiments are his thing … or just making a mess.
Harley loved building his bird feeder. We get a lot of birds in our garden and once our garden is finally in a usable state, the feeder will be going outside where we can watch the birds feed from it. The boys did like using the bird book to try to spot what type of birds were in our garden for a while, but they both got bored with that quickly.
I am guessing that bird watching isn’t going to be their thing, but most importantly they enjoyed trying it out. Personally I could sit for ages watching the birds. My grandparents have feeders right outside the window of their dining room and you can sit next to the fire watching them. It’s so relaxing and they get loads of birds where they live. I definitely want some in our garden.
I have to confess we haven’t used the Bug Safari at all yet. Having a poorly child for most of the last week, we haven’t been outside much at all. Plus I am a total wimp when it comes to anything creepy crawly. If bugs are their thing, they may have to wait until they move out of home to discover it.
The hamper also had some cards for getting out and about and spotting different things and feeling different things outside and enjoying nature. We also of course were sent some Fruit Shoots, which are popular in our house with them containing fruit and being a portable drink that we can take out and about if we wish.
Do your children know what their ‘thing’ is yet? If so, you could join in and celebrate your kids’ ‘things’ however fun, quirky and awesome they are on the FruitShootGB Facebook page using the hashtag #itsmything . I would love to see what some of your children’s things are … unless it involves creepy crawlies.