“My 3 1/2 yells that she wants to play hide and seek and I don’t want to. I’m doing this. And then I might want to read. What is the voice she is applying and what is the voice that I might be denying by not always engaging with her 24/7? Where do I draw the line between realizing her person and presence as an equal in this family and where do I learn to make my needs known and admired, too?”
There are many, many significant differences between youth voice at home and youth voice in community orgs and schools, and you just lit up the boards some of them. One is the notion of purpose: youth voice should be infused in community orgs to encourage engagement in the community, and youth voice should be infused in classrooms to encourage students engage in the curriculum.
“I’m and adult and she’s a child. Our minds don’t think alike and they just won’t for years. Where will the youth voice portion of this confusion and frustration come in? …We have lived on the earth longer and can see some distances better somehow.”