My second quote in the challenge is this one above from Alice Miller.
It has become a part of our culture, it seems, to habitually humiliate children. I don’t think most people are even aware they are doing it. I know I’ve done it myself in the past.
I see parents slapping their children’s hands away from touching something in a shop; I see restless children ignored and pushed and pulled against their will; told in fierce tones to ‘Be Quiet’, ‘Sit Down’, ‘Sit Still’; punishment pictures put up on social media; I’ve seen screaming struggling children literally dragged into schools, while parents and teachers talk over them as if they were not there; I’ve seen young children shouted at in schools for mixing paint colours and forced to stand alone outside classrooms for the crime of looking out the window. All this and sadly so much more.
There was a time I would get irritated with my children when they interrupted ‘adult’ conversation. I didn’t understand that they just want to be part of our world. They love life. Life is exciting and sometimes they just can’t contain that excitement. Isn’t it wonderful that they are bubbling with zest for life? They want to be seen and heard just like the rest of us. They look up to us. They want to be like us. Maybe we could try being the people they deserve us to be?
If you would like to join the challenge, post 3 quotes consecutively on your blog and if you wish you can nominate others or as I prefer to leave it open for whoever would like to join in.