I recently read an article in the Herald about a group of young children living in abusive and violent family homes. Their sense of helplessness was paralysing. They were the victims of violence, arguments and abuse.
“Why are the parents more childish than the children?”, they asked.
The challenge was to find the solution. To get the parents to wake up and grow up.
The children arrived at the answer. It was really simple and obvious to them. “If people wanted to be parents they had to grow up, pass an exam and get a licence. They had to learn the rules and the right way to treat kids.” As one said, “You have to do that to drive a car.”
What can you say? But out of the mouths of children... We adults really do need to listen.