Every child has the right to live and a right to be protected. Whether it’s in the form of a legal right or a simple right to choose a name, governments must do what they can to ensure that children survive and flourish. For this reason, children must be registered when they are born. Governments should provide them with an official name and nationality, and they should know who their parents are and who will take care of them. As adults, we often make poor choices that affect our whole lives. As such, children should have the right to their own identity and an official record of who they are. If a child has an identity, that identity cannot be lost.
This fundamental problem is exacerbated by differing interpretations of what a child’s best interest is. Depending on the context, different interpretations may be required for a child’s best interest. For example, a child’s best interest is not the best interest of an adult, which means it may not be in the child’s best interest.
As a result, children are often excluded from certain decisions. This is because children do not possess certain cognitive and volitional abilities. But this does not mean that they do not have moral standing. Children should be treated as equals to adults, and adults must not view their own children as more valuable than those of others. However, it is important for policy makers and care providers to balance children’s interests with those of adults.
The debate about what is best for children is rooted in cultural differences. Each culture has its own definition of what is best for a child. A culture may consider a particular behavior unsuitable for children in another country, but a child’s views do not always hold the same importance. Thus, it is difficult to decide what is best for a child in a different culture.
In addition to the need to protect children’s interests, we should also consider the need to ensure their autonomy. Children may have the same intellectual and volitional capacities as adults, but they may not have as much life experience and ability to make reasonable choices. It is not wise to limit a child’s choices, since they may end up suffering.
The best interest of the child is the best consideration. If a child feels uncomfortable with an action, they can seek redress from a court. Often, a judge can impose a custody arrangement based on their best interests. While parents may have a conflicting view of the best interest of their children, the courts must make the best decision for their children.
Early diagnosis of mental disorders is important to the overall well-being of children. Children with mental disorders may have trouble forming friendships, functioning well at school, and other areas. Without appropriate treatment, mental health issues can negatively affect a child’s development and lead to many challenges later on in life.