VALUES

All Children Shall Enjoy The Following
Inalienable Rights:

  • The right to be treated as important human beings, with unique
    feelings, ideas and desires and not as a source of argument between
    parents.

  • The right to a sense of security and belonging derived from a loving
    and nurturing environment which shelters them from harm.

  • The right to a continuing relationship with both parents and the
    freedom to receive love from and express love for both.

  • The right to ‘listening parents’

  • The right to express love and affection for each parent without
    having to stifle that love because of fear of disapproval by the other
    parent.

  • The right to grow and flourish in an atmosphere free of exploitation,
    abuse and neglect.

  • The right to know that their parents’ decision to divorce is not
    their responsibility and that they will still be able to live with each
    parent.

  • The right to continuing care and guidance from both parents where
    they can be educated in mind, nourished in spirit, and developed in body, in an
    environment of unconditional love.

  • The right to honest answers to questions about the changing family
    relationships.

  • The right to know and appreciate what is good in each parent without
    one parent degrading the other.

  • The right to have a relaxed secure relationship with both parents
    without being placed in a position to manipulate one parent against the
    other.

  • The right to have one parent not undermine time with the other parent
    by suggesting tempting alternatives or by threatening to withhold activities
    with the other parent as a punishment for the children’s wrongdoing.

  • The right to be able to experience regular and consistent parental
    contact and the right to know the reason for not having regular contact.

  • The right to be a kid and to be insulated from the conflict and
    problems of parents.

  • The right to be taught, according to their developmental levels, to
    understand values, to assume responsibility for their actions, and to cope with
    the just consequences of their choices.

  • The right to be able to participate in their own destiny.

Taken from the website
of the Children’s Rights Council
(Reprinted From Putting Kids First:
Walking Away From a Marriage Without Walking Over the Kids
by Michael
Oddenino, attorney for the Children’s Rights Council).

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