Rights For Children (Even Big Ones)

Rights For Children

I have the right to be here.
I have the right to be a child.
I have the right to belong to a loving family.
I have the right to play.
I have the right to make a mistake.
I have the right to be treated with respect.
I have the right to proper food, clothing, and cleanliness.
I have the right to learn.
I have the right to tender care when I am sick or hurt.
I have the right to do things for myself and to get help if I need it.
I have the right to express myself without interruption.
I have the right to move freely at my own initiative.
I have the right to make my own friends.
I have the right to make choices.
I have the right to enter into meaningful activities.
I have the right to develop at my own pace and to be unhurried.
I have the right to privacy.
I have the right to be listened to.

— Jane Scoggins

I own this in poster form and in my last job, had it hanging on the wall. I counsel adults. Yet the problems adults have are often rooted in hurtful lessons they learned in childhood about who they are, their worth, and their role in life. Many clients have rested their gaze on these words and found their hearts responding to one or more statements. It is often a fruitful threshold for exploration and deepening insight.

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