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A Child’s Bill of Rights

Because it is the most character-building, two-letter word in the English language, children have the right to hear their parents say "No" at least three times a day.

Children have the right to find out early in their lives that their parents don’t exist to make them happy, but to offer them the opportunity to learn the skills their children need to eventually make themselves happy.

Children have a right to scream all they want over the decisions their parents make, albeit their parents have the right to confine said screaming to certain areas of their homes.

Children have the right to find out early that their parents care deeply for them but don’t give a hoot what their children think about them at any given moment in time.

Because it is the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, children have the right to hear their parents say "Because I said so" on a regular and frequent basis.

Because it is the most character-building activity a child can engage in, children have the right to share significantly in the doing of household chores.

Children have a right to experience that they are not the center of the universe.

Children have the right to learn to be grateful for what they receive, therefore, they have the right to receive all of what they truly need and very little of what they simply want.

Children have the right to learn early in their lives that obedience to legitimate authority is not optional, that there are consequences for disobedience, and that said consequences are memorable and, therefore, persuasive.

Children have a right to not be treated as equals to their parents

Children have the right to learn that parents are not their friends.

Every child has the right to parents who love him/her enough to make sure he/she enjoys all of the above rights.

Parents: Prepare your child for the path, do not prepare the path for the child.

The above is adapted from John Rosemond (www.rosemond.com) and is used with his permission. I agree with 91.5 % of what Mr. Rosemond says.

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