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.
Let’s look at the rights and attendant responsibilities. First we’ll show the right, then in italics and in red, the child’s responsibility. I’ll follow each of these with my comments. I’ll keep the comment on each of these short.
Right to Control Their Own Time and Space
Every child has the right to decide for himself where he will go or be. Every child has the right to determine how their time shall be used.
You have the responsibility to listen and try to understand when your parents or other adults explain why they want to move you somewhere, or when your time is to be used a certain way. You have the responsibility to understand that you are a part of a family or other group, and that sometimes they need your help.
Freedom of motion and to use time as one wishes is very critical, an absolute necessity in developing a sane child. That said, we all of us live with others and within the structure of a family of some sort, a group, a city, a nation, a world. Participation and a certain level of cooperation are required as the grease that keeps the “machine” of civilization working smoothly. This is where things like “manners” and law come into play.
Unless one longs for anarchy, there are times when he must “play along”. If… Read Entire Article…