A New Year's Resolution- Listen To Your
When parents begin the New Year, they often make resolutions. Quotes from
interviews with children may suggest some resolutions regarding your
children. The following are responses of a group of children to the
question "What's wrong with grown-ups?" Their answers provide
food for thought.
One little girl said, "Grown-ups make promises, then they forget
them, or else they say it wasn't really a promise, just a maybe. My mommy
does this all the time. She always promises me something and then forgets
A very insightful boy said, "Grown-ups interrupt children all the
time and think nothing of it. If a child interrupts a grown-up, he gets a
scolding and a lecture about manners, or worse, maybe even a whipping if
there is an important person present that everyone is trying to
Another child stated, "Grown-ups don't do things they are always
telling children to do -- like pick up things, or be neat, or be on time
for supper, or always tell the truth. My daddy never picks up his clothes
and all Mom ever does is get angry and yells at us kids and then picks up
A little fellow had this to say: "Grown-ups talk a lot about
people who are different -- like different colors or races. They say nasty
things about them, yet they tell us kids to love everyone."
Yet another child said, "Grown-ups never really listen to what
children have to say. Sometimes they play like they are deaf or
concentrating on a newspaper. They always decide ahead of time what they
are going to answer. Sometimes I never get to finish what I'm saying
before they say, 'You heard me.'"
"Grown-ups make kids wear all kinds of winter clothes -- gloves,
scarf, heavy coat and boots -- yet they go outside or stand in the open
door without even a sweater on when temperature is near zero."
"Grown-ups talk about how bad it is to take drugs and they say
they would never take them. Yet, our medicine chest is filled with adult
medicine -- they are always taking medicine or giving me medicine!"
A boy observed, "Grown-ups are always talking about being healthy
and taking care of yourself, yet so many of them smoke cigarettes -- they
will make you real sick, won't they, and maybe even make you stop
And finally, "Grown-ups are always talking about what they did and
what they knew when they were my age -- and it usually sounds as if it
couldn't have happened the way they say it. But grownups never try to
think what it's like to be 6 years old right now!"
There are some important nuggets of wisdom in these observations by
children. Is there one you might resolve to work on in 2001?
Reprinted with permission from the
National Network for Child Care -