According to a class full of ten-year-olds in a Sunday school class, these are the problems with grownups:
Grownups make promises, then they forget all about them, or
else they say it wasn't really a promise, just a maybe.
Grownups don't do the things they're always telling the
children to do--like pick up their things, or be neat, or
always tell the truth.
Grownups won't let their children dress the way they want
to--but they never ask a child's opinion about how they
should dress. If they're going out to a party,
grownups wear just exactly what they want to wear--even if
it looks terrible, even if it isn't warm enough.
Grownups never really listen to what children have to
say. They always decide ahead of time what they're
going to answer.
Grownups make mistakes but they won't admit them. They
always pretend that they weren't mistakes at all--or that
somebody else made them.
Grownups interrupt children all the time and think nothing
of it. If a child interrupts a grownup, he gets a
scolding or something worse.
Grownups never understand how much children want a certain
thing--a certain color or shape or size. If it's
something they don't admire--even if the children have spent
their own money for it--they always say, "I can't
imagine what you want with that old thing!"
Sometimes grownups punish children unfairly. It isn't
right if you've done something just a little wrong and
grownups take away something that means an awful lot to
you. Other times you can do something really bad and
they say they're going to punish you, but they don't.
You never know, and you ought to know.
Grownups talk about money too much, and bills, and things
like that, so that it scares you. They say money isn't
very important, but the way they talk about it, it sounds
like the most important thing in the world.
Grownups gossip a lot--but if children do the very same
thing and say the same words about the same people they're
Grownups pry into children's secrets. They always
think it's going to be something bad. They never think
it might be a nice surprise.
Grownups are always talking about what they did and what
they knew when they were ten years old--but they never
try to think what it's like to be ten years old right now.
this sound familiar to you? If it does, it might
interest you to know that these complaints were made in
1953--more than half a century ago. Just what have we learned
about being adults and treating children over the last five
decades, if we continue to perpetuate some of the treatments
that were unfair so long ago?