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Kids have rights, too!
Kids have rights, too!
Scott Dunlop
Thank goodness for human rights! Sure, not everyone is able to live as though they enjoy them, but we as parents get to play a part in making sure our tiny humans do.

We know about kids having the right to food, shelter and health care, but what about the other rights every child should enjoy. The little things we do which no child should miss out on? Here’s my work in progress, I bet you could add a few of your own!

An alternative list of kid’s rights:

Every kid should:
  • Have a tummy zerbert at least once a day as a baby until such time as hysteria takes over.
  • Be allowed on rare occasions to completely cover his or her face in chocolate ice cream.
  • Start clapping/talking/walking for the first time in the presence of grandparents rather than parents.
  • Suddenly reveal her awareness of her surroundings by repeating the Bad Word dad isn’t supposed to say - usually in a busy supermarket.
  • Have at least one tantrum in said supermarket which almost gets his parents reported to social services.
  • Get to tease dad about losing his hair/mom about gaining a dress size even though that really hurts their feelings.
  • Have a chance to win at Monopoly, even if he puts hotels up in the wrong places.
  • Go to a party and eat so many sour worms that she “decorates” the car’s interior with technicolour puke on the way home.
  • Force mom or dad to miss an important meeting by getting a fever (or faking one).
  • Be hugged and kissed even when it’s embarrassing for them, and have access to infinite quantities of piggy-back rides and tickling sessions.
  • Place at least one toy in a part of his body which prompts an emergency room visit to extract said toy.
  • Have the freedom to laugh as much as possible, fart surprisingly adult-sounding farts even as a baby, and win over the angriest, most frustrated parent simply by saying “I love you”.
The best part is that most of these rights are FUN!

Happy (tiny) Human Rights Day!

What would you say are the unspoken rights of childhood which every child should enjoy?
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