Why I’m “wasting my time” writing about children

I will be blunt this week. If you are a parent or carer, or are expecting at some point in your life to be part of the first 1,000-day journey, I’m thrilled to have you among my readership. But you’re not the readers for whom I stay awake at night. 

My assumption is that if you’re on the 1,000-day journey, you probably already believe that the first 1,000 days are important. My hope for my work is to get everyone else interested in children.

I’m writing this now because this week I got an email from an acquaintance who said she didn’t have time to read my articles because “what’s happening at a political level is more important” than anything child-related.

If you think that politics is more important than – or even separable from – childhood, I think that you are missing an important insight: everything starts from a person’s birth, actually before birth, from conception, and what leads to it. Reporting on childhood is just a different lens to understand how the world works.

When I say everything, I do mean everything: a child born today will become your neighbour, your employee, or maybe your president. To put this a different way: a child born today is “what’s happening at a political level”, in a myriad of ways.

By covering the first 1,000 days I want to explore the foundational, and not the sensational – the way we do at The Correspondent.

Let me give you an example. Th…

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