It’s time to have a conversation about young people and all the things they do that are wonderful, inclusive, respectful, and responsible.
Unfortunately, these aspects are often overlooked. And when we do see them, we either don’t identify them as a choice or we are surprised that we “caught” children being good. Of course, even youngsters with severe misbehaviors spend a lot of time behaving well.
It is our job as adult caregivers to see as much of the good as we can; to spend time getting to know kids well enough to understand their choices in the context of who they are; and to give kids the support and resources they need to continue to make healthy choices.