I decided to interview my 9-year old to get her perspectives on life. She was a wonderful way of breaking it down to what’s most important. Children are here to teach us so much if we just listen so I encourage you to invite the conversation with your own kids. I am certain that it will be inspiring, revealing, tender, funny and fun. Enjoy and don’t hold back. You will never know what you will learn.

 

What is the meaning of life?

Life is happiness and sadness.

It’s love.

It’s friendship.

It’s passion, hobbies, food and water.

Anything you like or that is good.

 

What is happiness?

A good feeling. When you feel great about yourself or something.

 

What advice would you give your parents?

Don’t be so strict all the time.

Don’t always spend weekends working.

Spend time with your family.

 

What advice would you give your friends?

Don’t go looking through my stuff.

Try to include everyone.

Don’t whisper behind people’s backs.

 

What would make the world a better place?

The world would be better if people did not litter, there was less pollution, if everybody had a home, clean water and good food, and we would be committed to helping others.

 

If you were parent for the day, what would you do differently?

More cleaning. (Hilarious. Is she saying I am dirty?!)

 

Use one word to describe your mom.

My everything. (My heart melts)

 

Use one word to describe your dad.

My other everything (And his does too.)

 

If your friend was sad, what advice would you give?

It’s ok. Even if something bad happens, you can overcome it.

 

What do you have to say about bullies?

Bullies stink. If they think bullying is cool, they’ve got the wrong idea.

 

What’s better to be kind or smart?

You can be both. If you are both, you will have a great life. You will make other people feel good and you will know how to do it.

 

What is one thing you like about yourself?

I like how I draw and how I love people.

 

What is one thing you would change about yourself?

I wish I had not lied in the past. Now I know the change I made was very good. I have worked up to getting self-control. I don’t want to think of myself as a liar.

 

What is one thing your parents don’t know about you?

I don’t keep secrets from my parents. (whew…)

 

What qualities do you most value in people?

Kindness, self-control, open mindedness, friendliness, happiness.

 

What makes you laugh?

When someone makes a funny joke or tickles me.

 

What makes you cry?

When I get yelled at when someone does not believe what I am saying.

 

Is there else you want to add?

No. I do not want to share all of my secrets with the world.

 

Would you do another interview?

Yes, if the questions are similar…

  

Roopa Weber
About Roopa Weber
Roopa Weber is a first time children’s book author who has created the Penny the Peacock series. Roopa’s inspiration for Penny came from the values and love provided by her mother. She wanted to find an avenue to instill her mother’s wisdom in her own daughter and carry the message forward generationally. And, so she wrote.