The importance of the small things…

As I have been researching about the topic of children’s rights-and being informed about how much better Canadians could be doing in molding and protecting our children – I’ve found myself being more aware of all the other horrible/negative things that are happening in our world right now. It’s easy to turn a blind eye when your day to day life is going pretty well and you are only focused on the task at hand; finishing work, getting dinner made, and making sure your family is well fed and rested to start again tomorrow.

Now that I have more knowledge on the topic of children’s rights and children’s safety all I want to do is help make a change. I’ll admit my knowledge on the subject of children’s rights is still very superficial, but I am going to continue to learn about it (as I hope some of you reading this will do too), I really think everyone should research the topic more. If more of us are informed, more of us can help make change. Knowledge is power, and in my last two posts, I have talked about Adults/siblings/teachers informing their children of their rights because of the fact that knowledge is power. But in order to fully educate them, we must be fully educated ourselves. As the saying goes “practice what you preach”.

As I said, while I have been researching this topic I have been focusing on negative things in life lately, when usually I try to focus on positives no matter how hard the situation is. This has taught me-once again-that within all the bad we need to stress the importance of happiness and positivity. And the fact that positivity and happiness are fundamental – along with knowledge – to ensuring kids have an amazing life. Yes, in order for these things to happen we need to make sure all of their rights are adhered to, and that they are safe with all the possible necessities of life, but along with that we also need to teach them to focus on all the great things in life, no matter how small they are. Every single moment passes. Every single moment is important and life-changing in different ways. You just may not know it until the moment has passed.

Let’s remember to not let any moment just slip past us, don’t only focus on the negatives in life, remember to continue learning about how to make our children have a safe, healthy and happy life; but also remember to do the same for yourself. Kids learn by example. If we show them that their safety and health are important, along with their happiness, hopefully, we can further secure a life of greatness for them.


Kaitlyn Sage

Published by Teagan's Voice

Teagan's Voice is a national advocacy organization focused on advocating for children’s rights, including policy and procedural changes to prevent violence against children, while holding systems accountable when they fail at protecting victims of these crimes. Our vision is to ensure Canada’s youngest most at risk youth all live, grow, and are nurtured in protective and loving home environments regardless of family status, gender, ethnicity or income

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