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children should be heard

Adora Svitak is 12 years old. She is the youngest speaker at the TED 2010 conference. She, along with most children I meet, is living breathing evidence as to why children should be heard and given a fair and equal voice. Children deserve equal trust and respect.

As I listen to Adora in her TED speech, it seems that she is addressing the very values we attempt to embody in our whole life learning and gentle parenting lives. It is not our hope to make Aidan into anything–and certainly not to make him into some version of us; rather, we trust that he will become everything that he wants to be, and we will enjoy and love him everyday. We continue to learn from one another. It is a reciprocal relationship, built on trust, respect, authenticity, and love.

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