Children’s Bill of Rights – Right to Inherit A Better World – Children’s Responsibilities

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.

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Right to Inherit A Better World

Every child has the right to expect the world that he will be a part of to be better than the world his parents were a part of when they were children. Children have the right to expect their parents to make the world better for the next generation. Every child has the right to know that there will be a future for him to grow into, and that he can be an active and important part of it.

You will have the responsibility to make the world better for your own children.

There’s a lot of talk in these articles directed at parents, enjoining them to… Read Entire Article…

 

2 comments for “Children’s Bill of Rights – Right to Inherit A Better World – Children’s Responsibilities

  1. September 22, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    Is this the same bill or rights that the United Nations is trying to get the USA to sign? I read your bill or rights and it looks similar. I won’t be signing the petition because children should not have the right to hang out with whoever they wish. I have raised 5 children to adulthood, all homeschooled and now my late in life child who is now 11. We also homeschool him and always have. When some of my kids were teenagers I did not allow them to hang out with kids who took drugs, stole cars or joined gangs. I see in your association section it says to use discretion but you don’t clarify in what circumstances a parent can use their judgment or not.

    I also don’t believe that anyone under the age of 21 should vote. Even people over 21 don’t even understand the issues they vote on. Most don’t even know the branches of the government, etc.

    I like some of your CTT curriculum and we use them. But I don’t support a children’s bill or rights. The state of Washington tried that once and it was a disaster with too many kids being taken out of their homes and put into foster care. I knew of one teen who wanted to date a boy, her parents said no, she complained to her school counselor and was removed from her home. To this day she is very sorry she ever told the counselor. Now she is a mother with her own children. But it was horrible to live in foster care. Another boy did not want to go to church with his family. The judge removed him from the home because 3 hours a week of church according to the judge was “excessive”. He lived to age 18 in foster care. How sad. These kinds of rights are always open to interpretation. I am all about parental rights. It is the parental rights bill that I want to see pass.

    • September 22, 2013 at 8:45 pm

      Hi Katerina. No, I don’t know anything about what the U.N. is doing in this regard. I authored this several years ago. And of course, you don’t need to sign if you don’t feel like it. I understand your concerns. I also don’t want kids hanging around drug addicts, etc. One would assume some common sense would enter in. And I’m not interested in government EVER sticking its nose in a family’s private business unless someone is being physically threatened or harmed. As to children being removed and placed into foster homes, I am almost always vehemently opposed to such actions, and again, government doesn’t know anything about your (or anyone’s) family. The foster “care” program is a grim and largely destructive (if highly lucrative) joke, and does great harm to a lot of kids and families. So does government in general when it legislates morality and behavior for family, and enforces it under the guise of law.

      BUT as to whether a parent has the right to force a kid to worship as they see fit, that’s abusive in my opinion. Belief cannot be enforced, no matter how badly a person would like it to be so, or how “right” they think they are. Religion and faith are private and personal choices. A parent can persuade by example, but not by duress. And if example does not suffice, that’s too bad. The child has the right to believe as he/she sees fit. We all do. And woe unto the parent who uses force on a child to “persuade” when that child grows into adulthood. In such areas, parents sometimes assume that a child is a possession, theirs to do with as they please. This is degrading for all concerned, and highly destructive. It is also neither a legal view, or particularly rational.

      YES these sorts of things are open to interpretation. I wasn’t creating “law” when I wrote the Children’s Bill of Rights, I was trying to offer a common sense approach to empowering children, WHO HAVE ALMOST NO RIGHTS AND NO POWER IN THIS CIVILIZATION…and yet we rely on them to build the future for us all. Parents should have a bill of rights where their relationship with government is concerned, and they DO. It was passed in the late 1940s, and it’s called the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and you may wish to look it over. Essentially, it tells governments to get out of family’s business, and empowers parents to determine how a child will be educated, etc. It is our first and best defense against governments that try to remove homeschool as a right…something the U.S. government, through Holder, says they have the right to do. Our government does not have that right, as signatories of the U.N. agreement. But then, over the past 25 years or so, the government seems increasingly uninterested in anyone’s personal rights, and family rights least of all.

      As to the vote, you’re right…most ADULTS don’t have a clue. So how on earth can you use age as a barometer for who should be permitted the vote? If a kid gets it, understands politics, and has an opinion…an INFORMED opinion, which would make that kid a lot more involved and a lot smarter than many adults who vote…why should he not have his say? How about making a serious study of the issues and candidates a “bar” that every voter must step over to vote, regardless of age? I’d go for that. That is my opinion, and anyone who wants to disagree may feel free to do so, as you have.

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