Being a child means being small in a world designed for big people.
Being a child means being weak in a “might makes right” world. Democracy is a concept only valid for adults.
Being a child means not having control over anything, not even your own body. Most kids don’t even get to choose how much or when to eat or what to wear.
Being a child is having to show respect even when no respect is shown towards you. What adult person, for instance, would be treated the same way a child is treated after making a mistake?
Being a child means having people pick on you all the time under the pretext of education.
Being a child is having your feelings constantly disregarded or ridiculed, or yet hurt by sport, because “it’s so cute” when you get sad, angry, etc.
Being a child means not being taken seriously even when you know better then the person who is talking to you.
Being a child means having your natural behaviour turned into a disease so that people can sedate you in order to make living with you more convenient to them.
Being a child is having your needs – for attention, play, free movement, vocalization, verbalization – seen as a whim and treated as low priority.
Being a child is having to hear people say they don’t like you, or even hate you, without even knowing you – when they say they don’t like or hate children – and that is not even considered offensive.
Being a child means being completely at the mercy of the people who look after you. It means loving, depending on and not being able to get away from the people who may torment you. And it means that nobody else will do anything about it because they don’t want to seem nosy.
Being a child means becoming an emotional or physical punching bag at the drop of a hat and being a white canvas upon which adults project their most sordid desires and the most terrible fears. It means being blamed by the violence that is inflicted upon you.
Being a child means being fragile, vulnerable and voiceless.