Having a voice is one of the biggest empowerment and individualistic characteristic which help any individual to develop healthy with positive emotional well being and ability to develop various life skills.
But I see that happening very less, because somewhere people are either not aware about the harm it might have on people or they just neglect the fact that an individual need that to develop holistically.
As I work with children and adolescents more closely
I see the impact of things as simple as
choosing what they want to eat
choosing what they want to wear
choosing when they want to play (you as adult can always negotiate)
choosing when they want to study
choosing WHAT they want to want to study
or as simple as having an opinion different from their parents, their culture, their values, rituals or having a more humanistic revolutionary point.
As adults we have failed
in giving them space to be themselves
letting them voice out their opinions
in letting them grow at their own pace
in letting them bring change in what they could
in letting them respect their own feeling and learning to love one’s own self
in self care
and lot more..
We have failed them in being an individual.
voicing is not just about the ability to speak or share your opinions but also standing for what is right humanistic-ally, standing for their own rights, letting them be themselves and still sensitive about others.