What kids are NOT:
1- Something to mould.
2- Something to polish.
3- Something to be fixed
4- Our possessions.
5- Our vehicles to prove something to the world
6- Our projects
7- Our trophies/pride/honor
8- An extension of ourselves
9- A part of ourselves
10- Simple creatures to be programmed with rewards and punishments or “positive reinforcements”
What kids ARE:
1- Individual human beings
2- Complex human beings
3- Inherently innocent human beings
4- People (who deserve respect and autonomy)
5- People with heavily under construction brains
6- People who 100% never want to hurt us or make our lives hard
7- People who have struggles and need our help
8- People who love and adore us like no one else ever will.
9- People who deserve all our unconditional love and acceptance.
10- People who, just like ANY other person on planet earth, respond BEST to being understood with compassion and empathy.