The following is part of a series of articles on the rights and responsibilities of children and of families. On our site, we’ve published a Children’s Bill Of Rights, with all of the sections in the bill. You can take a look at Children’s Bill of Rights.
Right to Control Their Own Time and Space
Children have the right to be consulted regarding the way they use their time, and where they are to go at any given time. They have a right to an opinion regarding these, and to state their opinion.
We save time. We waste time. We stitch just in time in order to save nine additional stitches that would have invariably followed had we not done so. We use time well, or poorly. Things “in our time” are not as good as during other times. Time marches on. The days dwindle down, September, November. Tomorrow is another day. One day at a time. Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow…
Time is very important to human beings.
We sense time each day. We feel it passing by, and sometimes we resent it. Sometimes we long to hold time still. Sometime we glory in mortality and the things that we accomplish in spite of mortality. But regardless of how each person experiences it, most people are very aware of time.
Time is seen largely as a commodity, one that we either own or have borrowed for a while. “I have just enough time too…” “I don’t have enough time…” “Just give me a second…” We barter and trade for more time to do the things we wish, and attempt to minimize the time spent on other activities.
To a child, time may seem to be very short. Days may be too short to do all of the things that he wants. Or conversely, days may seem endless and filled with educational or other unwanted drudgery, or even worse, boring inactivity.
That said, it is very likely that a child will enjoy his days and find them short if he is allowed to have some say in how they are used. And it is very likely that a child will find his days to be a slow misery when he is forced into activities he hates, that are required of him, and that he is never consulted about it. This includes activities like school, by the way.
Is time perceived any differently for an adult?… Read Entire Article…