Okay. I’ve been thinking/talking a lot about two things: 1. Children have the ability to consent, yet do not have the power to always act on/defend their consent. 2. Advocacy (for my students, for other children at my center, for children in general). Lately, this has come up a lot for me (in my thinking, in talks, in different situations). So, I wanted to do some sharing here, and learn from others. // Because children *can* consent but either have the defending power in their decisions taken from them and/or cannot fully understand their choices, consent for them is not complete. They rely so much on others’ choices for them. This can be a good thing (to keep babies safe) or a harmful thing. But, I tell myself this each day: because I have power to make decisions for my babes, I should always consider my intentions behind my decisions. ALWAYS. This is not something to take lightly. Children *are* people, even while still in the womb, y’all! And then, going off of that strain of thought: I am DONE letting others’ opinions of how I do what I do with my students (or, children not technically “in my care”) dictate my actions and choices. I am confident in my own responses, actions, choices with my students. When other people choose to pass judgement on those things, make remarks about how my students “aren’t learning” or other similar statements, I do at first take it to heart. But then, I remember to be confident in my knowledge of what I do and why I do it. And now, I’m pushing myself to not just reframe my thinking in those moments, but to also vocalize my thoughts. To vocalize why I choose to not ‘punish’ my students, etc. And then to tell others in contact with my students that that is unacceptable (and then, to take that opportunity to share with others what I know:how to respond in certain situations, etc.). I take full responsibility for what goes on in my classroom. Now, I’m also working to advocate more each day for my students. To speak up when I know something is wrong. // How do you advocate for children you spend time with? I want to know!! I’m always learning, in this regard. I won’t ever stop. It is *that* important.