While we strive to teach children so they become responsible adults, too often we teach them to not trust themselves. And then we wonder why there are so many “broken children, living in grown bodies, mimicking adult lives.”
“You’re not allowed to say no.” You’d never want your child to feel like this author did – but her parents didn’t mean to make her feel this way either. These are important lessons on our cultural missteps in teaching consent.
Have you ever known a child who was labeled a “bad kid”? It’s a damaging label – and this author saw it happen to a child on day two of kindergarten. Here’s why we need shift the common idea that some kids are just bad.