Your Rights as a Child

My rights: The right to speak for myself.

All kids should listen to adults and be respectful. Grown-ups are there to guide you, and sometimes they may have to guide you in ways you don’t like. But kids should also know that they have a right to voice their feelings and opinions to others in a respectful manner. They have the right to be treated respectfully in return, and no adult should force a child to do something uncomfortable without a reason. If you’re ever unsure, you can ask another adult.

My rights: The right to be loved.

All kids have a right to be loved and cared for by adults. Love is more important than anything else in the world, and kids need lots of it. But what is love? Love means showering you with kisses, hugs, and all sorts of affection. Love means providing for your needs, and keeping you well cared for. Love means listening; to your experiences, your dreams, your fears, your desires. Adults who love you care about your wishes, and want to see you happy. They want to see a smile on your face and hear your joyous laugh. But love also means having to say no sometimes. It means disciplining you when you do something wrong, so that you can learn wrong from right. Tell me, who loves you like this?

My Rights: The right to happiness.

It’s what all people strive for, and kids have this right too. Every child has the right to feel good and not hurt. This doesn’t mean we’re always happy. Pain is a part of life too. Sometimes bad things happen, and sometimes people do hurtful things. It isn’t fun when they happen, but we need to work through them. Even though bad things sometimes happen, you have the right to choose to do things that feel good to you. No adult who cares about you will want it any other way, and nobody should do hurtful things without a very good reason. You have the right to feel happy… most of the time.

My Rights: The right to be taken care of.

All children have the right to be taken care of, and it is the responsibility of all adults to help keep them safe. You are a precious part of our community, and we will do whatever we can to protect you. Every child has the right to be taken care of in ways that make them feel loved, safe, and secure. So if someone is trying to hurt you, know that there will always be other adults here to protect you. Find one!

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