Small people are not shy in coming forward when it comes to making their feelings clear about a wrong that needs to be righted. Childhood injustices are often communicated through the art of feet stamping, arm pounding and very loud screaming, other wise known as a tantrum.
As communication skills develop any breach of childhood rights is normally accompanied by a very disgruntled “It’s not fair”. More aggravated cases have been known to illicit, “This is the worst day ever” and other such variations including, “You don’t love me” and, “I hate you” These are often followed by a door slam and the mother of all sulks.
So far in my six years of being a parent I have witnessed and if truth be told, quite often been the route cause of many a childhood injustice. These great travesties of human rights occur on a daily basis.
- Having to go to bed when it’s still daylight. – The plight of all children in the summer months.
- Carrots touching the peas on the plate
- Peas being on the plate in the first place
- Having to put all the toys away
- Having to wear clothes
- Being told to wear a coat ‘normally’ as opposed to like a superhero cape
- Having to wear a coat in the first place
- Waiting your turn at anything
- Not having control over the TV schedule
- Not having control over the weather
- Letting go of your balloon and not being able to get it back – despite numerous warnings to hold on tight.
- When your balloon pops
- Loosing your favourite toy
- When Mummy says it will end in tears and it ends in tears (and sometimes a trip to hospital)
- Not being allowed to play with remote controls, phones or hoovers
- Not being allowed to walk to school alone (when you are 5)
- Your best friend calling you a poo poo head
- Someone else calling your best friend a poo poo head
- When somebody says something you really really like is rubbish
- When you drop your ice cream
- When you have to use a public toilet with hand-driers
- When you didn’t see that dustbin you were running straight towards
- When Mummy couldn’t stop laughing about the dustbin collision
- When you asked for chicken nuggets and got given chicken nuggets but you meant fish fingers
- When you are too poorly to go to your friends party
- When you lose the fight with the top you are trying to put on
- That wellies are not always appropriate footwear
What childhood injustices would you add to the list?
This post is sponsored by Firths The Compensation Lawyers who handle the more serious and complex injustices of the world such as personal injuries.
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