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 Determine Interests, Practices, Studies and Pursuits
Every child has the right to have constructive interests of his own. Every child has the right to expect family and friends to support those interests. Every child has the right to the time needed to develop and practice his own interests, and to have them be considered a part of his education.
You have the responsibility to look around, be interested, and to try many things. You have the responsibility to be honest about the things you are not interested in, so that your parents and others do not waste time helping you learn about them. You have the responsibility to take the things that do interest you seriously, have fun with them, but to also really make an effort to learn about them.
One doesn’t grow or learn much if one is unwilling to look at things. Experience is the best teacher. And experience is a deeply personal thing. Some people yearn for and reach for it, even as young children. Others shy away from experience. Being willing to look at and experience the world around us is actually… Read Entire Article…