• Connect And Respect

I am a child.


I am not a unit of product

I am not something to which you “add value”

I am not something to be quality assured

I am a child.


I am not the sum of my data set

My worth cannot be condensed into one number

I cannot be reduced to an arbitrary grade

I am a child.


I am not a blank slate, ready to be written on

I am not an empty vessel, to be filled

I am not clay, waiting to be moulded

I am a child.


I have a body, you cannot control it

I have a mind, you should not hijack it

I have a dream, do not destroy it

I am a child.


I am a person; whole, imperfect, unique – as all people are

I am a human, with talents, passions and strengths – as all humans have

I am an individual, with opinions, feelings and thoughts – as do all individuals

I am a child.


Guide me to respect, by respecting me

Guide me to listen, by listening to me

Guide me to kindness, by being kind to me

I am a child.


Guide me to empathy, by empathising with me

Guide me to curiosity, by being curious around me

Guide me to remorse, by apologising to me

I am a child.


Guide me to compromise, by compromising with me

Guide me to gratitude, by being grateful to me

Guide me to love, by loving me …unconditionally

I am a child.


Rachel Evans @ Connect And Respect 2021


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