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carolinereinhart1

carolinereinhart1

Does anyone else here feel like children, especially young ones, are a little ignored? I mean, obviously people pay attention their cuteness and stuff, but their thoughts and what they have to say? I feel like kids deserve to have a bigger voice than they do, because some have great ideas and could do a lot if given the chance.

June 13, 2015 at 13:02
AdventureGirl

AdventureGirl

This is a really thoughtful post! I hadn’t thought of it before, but I absolutely agree.

June 15, 2015 at 08:32
carolinereinhart1

carolinereinhart1

Thanks, but it is SO true! Some little kids are so smart, but nobody pays attention because they’re too focused on their cheeks or smile. I mean, that’s not a way to treat a person, no matter what your age. We can’t teach them the Golden Rule if we don’t use it on them.

June 15, 2015 at 11:06
Marcy

Marcy

You bring up some really great points. I hadn’t thought about it before, but very good. What ideas do you have on how to advocate for adolescents and get adults to listen more? 🙂

June 16, 2015 at 16:54
carolinereinhart1

carolinereinhart1

Thanks, @Marcy! I would say that kids, as well as other adults, should highlight the fact that we are the future, and we will be the ones that their decisions impact. Teens and younger kids should have some input on what their lives are going to be like in 20 to 30 years. I think that we should still respect adults and submit to our parents, but submission doesn’t mean that a person denies their right to input.

June 18, 2015 at 04:19
carolinereinhart1

carolinereinhart1

We should also point that asking an adult’s age is NEVER considered appropriate. If they wish for someone to know, they will say. Otherwise, guessing how old they are or saying, “You seem older”, would be severely frowned upon. When telling a teen/child that they look younger, you are questioning their maturity and intelligence. You are also judging how much respect you can give them based on appearance. NOT okay in my book. And if you do say something that is offensive, you do not say, “Oh, it’s alright, you’ll appreciate it when you’re older.” That is denial of your error and devaluing that kid’s hurt. Instead, you should apologize and move on. When kids excuse their behavior, adults say, “That doesn’t make it alright.” They should be practicing what they are preaching.

June 18, 2015 at 04:26
AdventureGirl

AdventureGirl

I think one reason we don’t pay attention to kids’ opinions is because of pride. Some people are embarrassed that someone much younger than them has wisdom or ideas they haven’t thought of, so they shut them down and won’t listen.

Of course, this is ridiculous. God can give wisdom and talent to people of any age (1 Timothy 4:12– “Don’t let anyone despise your youth…”)

I also think that American culture needs to change regarding the elderly. Elderly people too can have incredible wisdom and deserve respect and attention. Think of all we’re missing out–as far as societal contributions go–by ignoring elderly people and young children. Think how society would change if we gave everyone freedom and encouragement to use their talents, smarts and wisdom 🙂

June 22, 2015 at 06:49
carolinereinhart1

carolinereinhart1

@AdventureGirl Great point, I didn’t think about that! We are called to respect our elders, too! =D

June 22, 2015 at 11:49
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