I Have These Rights

Since my mother told us over and over that we did not deserve things and refused to give us common dignity and rights.

I have the right to my life.

I have the right to my body.

I have the right to my happiness.

I have the right to the air I breathe.

I have the right to the space I take up.

I have the right to the food I eat.

I have the right of being myself.

I have the right to feel however I feel.

I have the right to think whatever I think.

I have the right to say whatever I say.

Other rights that we have:

A Child’s Bill of Rights

Personal Bill of Rights

Personal Bill of Rights

Personal Bill of Rights
From “Healing The Child Within” by Charles L.Whitfield, M.D.

1. I have numerous choices in my life beyond mere survival.

2. I have a right to discover and know my Child Within.

3. I have a right to grieve over what I didn’t get that I needed or what I got that I didn’t need or want.

4. I have a right to follow my own values and standards.

5. I have a right t recognize and accept my own value system as appropriate.

6. I have a right to say no to anything when I feel I am not ready, it is unsafe or violates my values.

7. I have a right to dignity and respect.

8. I have a right to make decisions.

9. I have a right to determine and honor my own priorities.

10. I have the right to have my needs and wants respected by others.

11. I have the right to terminate conversations with people who make me feel put down and humiliated.

12. I have the right not to be responsible for others’ behavior,
actions, feelings or problems.

13. I have a right to make mistakes and not have to be perfect.

14. I have a right to expect honesty from others.

15. I have a right to all of my feelings.

16. I have a right to be angry at someone I love.

17. I have a right to be uniquely me, without feeling I’m not
good enough.

18. I have a right to feel scared and to say “I’m afraid.”

19. I have the right to experience and then let go of fear,
guilt and shame.

20. I have a right to make decisions based on my feelings,
my judgment or any reason I chose.

21. I have a right to change my mind at any time.

22. I have the right to be happy.

23. I have a right to stability_i.e., “roots” and
stable healthy relationships of my choice.

24. I have the right to my own personal space and time needs.

25. There is no need to smile when I cry.

26. It is OK to be relaxed, playful and frivolous.

27. I have the right to be flexible and be comfortable
with doing so.

28. I have the right to change and grow.

29. I have the right to be open to improve communication
skills so that I may be understood.

30. I have a right to make friends and be comfortable
around people.

31. I have a right to be in a non-abusive environment.

32. I can be healthier than those around me.

33. I can take care of myself, no matter what.

34. I have the right to grieve over actual or threatened losses.

35. I have the right to trust others who earn my trust.

36. I have the right to forgive others and to forgive myself.

37. I have the right to give and receive unconditional love.