Children's Bill of Rights
All children shall enjoy the following inalienable rights:
Ratify these rights for your children and you will give them better protection
than any law could ever provide.
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
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
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.
From Putting Kids First:
Walking Away From a Marriage Without Walking Over the Kids by Michael
Oddenino, attorney for the Children's Rights Council. ISBN 1-8842019-03-9.
Reprinted with permission. Distribution by Publisher's Distribution in
Salt Lake City, Utah 1-800-922-9681. Ask your bookstore or library to order
it if they don't have copies.