Children are the promise of the future
Children are the vessel containing all the incidents and events of their
family, generation upon generation
Children, who often force us to face our values in spite of ourselves.
Children Children, the insistent voice of what might have been, what could
have happened differently in their family system, their community
Children, the eternal voice of fairness and justice
Children, the ones who insistently demand our best, in spite of the
consequences to themselves.
Children Children, who have the right to experience dignity and respect
Children, who instead are referred to by what they are rather than
who they are
Children, referred to as that ADHD kid, the behavior-problem child,
Children Children, who are ignored because they are not able to meet our
expectations Children, who just want attention because they need attention
Children, who are shunned because they are daydreamers, shy, or
Children, who talk back and act out
Children, who melt down into total tantrums in shopping malls
Children, who show us over and over that they feel insecure and
stressed but are considered misbehaving and reacted to with
rejection and isolation.