It’s hard to resist amused condescension, but it’s the right thing to do. It’s powerful to treat kids as equals.
“The speech [from a youngster] was serious, yet there was an almost constant hum of chuckles and laughter throughout. At the end, she received a standing ovation. As I watched the video, I couldn’t stop thinking, “Those adults would never have responded to another adult the way they responded to Sydney.””