Friday, November 20, 2015

Universal Children's Day: Seldom Celebrated in America

Universal Children's Day seems to be a worldwide holiday. Though not all countries celebrate it on the same day, most countries celebrate it. All except the United States.

Why is this? It is because America is now the only country in the world not ratifying the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. We defy the international authorities. Though this isn't an American thing overall, America is the only country not to recognize children's rights.

I think it is a shame that we do not have a holiday specifically for children. We have Mother's Day, Father's Day, and Grandparents' Day, so why not Children's Day?

Some parents may say "I am a parent, so every day is children's day". That is different from informing a child of their rights, which are unfortunately denied by the United States Government. Children should know their rights, and I believe they should be taught in school, like in many other countries.

I believe children deserve respect. That means treat them the way you want to be treated. Why? Because when you are old and gray and can't take care of yourself, would you want them hitting you?

We look like fools to the rest of the world for not recognizing children's rights. Such is unacceptable, and we need to recognize and celebrate children's rights.

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