So long twenty twenty, welcome 2021!

Wow. Thanks! Your support of my writing was one of the best things about 2020, the one I would like to focus on as we start a new year. So far over 200 of you have become part of this new community, and many have also become paying subscribers. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

I recognise many of your names from The Correspondent. It’s heartbreaking to mark the end of The Correspondent today, as I – as well as many of you – really believed in this project. But we can do something with this belief. We can try and recreate a similar spirit of exchange and learning over here at The First 1,000 Days. We can create a space where we can all mingle and interact, and where I can invite experts you can quiz on everything from children’s political aspirations to how to build a child-friendly city, from breastfeeding to play – like we did at The Correspondent. I will act as your host and writer, as a bridge among different realities and a translator of difficult issues.

For those of you who are new here, this is not a parenting blog. Many childfree people are part of this community. After all, we were all once kids and understanding how we grow into adults helps us understand our own lives better.

But yes, this newsletter will surely be useful to those who care for kids. You can’t learn how to raise a kid from books or articles, but you can certainly feel less lonely by sharing your experiences. It’s certainly been useful to me: sharing my experiences as a new mother with you has made my journey more purposeful. 

So please, do have a think of those around you who may enjoy my words, and forward this newsletter to them. The more we are, the stronger our community will become. 

Childhood looks so different around the world that I will only be able to reflect on some of those differences myself. 
This is not a space to simply comment. This is where you take part in the community.

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