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COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL 14 Managing Legal Risks in Early Childhood Programs Your Choices or Checklist for Making Wise Decisions What is fair and right is not always clear. What makes sense to you may not make any sense to another. We become invested at a cel- lular level in our ways of making decisions. This chapter, in spelling out where definitions of fairness originate, both historically and neuro- biologically, offers perspective as you make your next decision. As you face that decision, you may consider the following: • What matters most? • What does our Code of Ethics require? • How can I make the fairest and wisest decision for children, families, staff, the program, and my conscience? Picture Clarence, the child in your care who needs your best self. In his eyes, you will find inspiration to do the right thing. COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL