What Kids Really Mean When They Say "It's Not Fair"

“ It’s not fair!” I think I’ve heard those 3 words at least a million times in my teaching career. If you’re like me, this simple statement probably makes you cringe. In my experience, these dramatic fairness complaints by kids often seem either petty or completely unreasonable. But over the years I have learned that these words can mean a variety of things for both the kids saying them and for the adults listening. It’s no wonder this phrase is one of the most commonly repeated phrases by kids and the most dreaded by adults. For kids, saying “It’s not fair!” can mean… They are having trouble seeing the big picture. This could be because they are missing key information or they may have not

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