Ever since I became a mom I’ve been trying to promote at home the importance of individual freedom. As long as they show respect and appreciation, I want my kids to do whatever they want to do and be whoever they want to be.
Promoting individual freedom at home doesn’t mean that I let my kids go wild and run the house (which they do anyway but against my will), it means that I make a conscious effort everyday to put my judgments on the side, allow them to be themselves and help them grow into who they will become.
But how do you teach your kids to be themselves if you are not being yourself? How do you encourage them to follow their dreams if you are avoiding yours? Kids will follow our example easier that our advice, so I knew that if I wanted my kids to travel the path of individual freedom, I would have to hit the road with them and lead the way.
Then the biggest of all parenting contradictions hit me… Why is it that we encourage our kids every day to dream big and at the same time we force ourselves constantly to play safe? Why do we push them to conquer their wildest dreams and judge ourselves if we have some unrealistic goals?
Every night before bed we repeat to our kids: “You are an infinite being… You are full of potential… Dream big… The whole world is your playground”. I always thought that was a great way to inspire our kids, but only recently I realized that I also need to live by those words and I needed to put those ideals in practice immediately in my own life!
So, in an effort to be myself more, I decided to start this blog to find some answers to my daily personal questions. Also I want to raise some awareness around the subjects that matter to me as a parent, woman and human being. I’m not sure if I will find answers to all my questions but at least I want to start the conversation.
Why are we always sacrificing who we are in order to fit in? Why do we spend more time with our coworkers than our kids? Why can’t we all have a more flexible working schedule? Why can’t we all have access to organic and affordable products? Why is our education system so outdated? Why can’t we all have the life of our dreams?
I created Funarky to talk about these things, because I care about them. I want to explore my passions, exercise my integrity and show my kids what I stand for. Also I like the catchy name because it sounds like a great marriage between Fun and Anarchy, like having fun while breaking some rules, like questioning what you don’t agree with, like speaking your mind loud and clear, like being your full self without fear and enjoying the whole freaking process.
So, in other words, Funarky is my very personal journey through parenthood and life.