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What do parents do? An interview with a six-year-old.


Do you ever wonder what kids think about adults? Ask any child to describe an aspect of adult life and you will find an explanation that is most likely quite funny, but also very different from how you would explain it. In an effort to highlight just how differently kids and adults think, I interviewed my six-year-old son to see what he thinks the role of a parent is.

Me: What is the role of a parent?

Riley: To go to work and make money for their home and help their child’s future.

(This was a real eye opener. I promise that we love him as well. Geez.)

Me: Why do parents make rules?

Riley: To keep their kids safe.

Me: What do parents do for fun?

Riley: Try and take kids to places that are fun, which is usually toy stores and other fun places.

(I guess he’s noticed that we don’t do much without him anymore, but I have to admit, that I have gone to the toy store by myself before. He’s going to be so pissed when he finds out!)

Me: What makes parents angry/happy?

Riley: Parents get angry if their child does not respect the rules that they make or if someone has been rude to their child. They are happy when the child respects rules and respects them; having a family.

(Nailed that one buddy! Although I have to say that hugs make me happy too!)

Me: How old to you have to be to be a parent. Why?

Riley: Past any teen numbers. Because then you know everything you need from the parents you used to have.

(Apparently I don’t have parents anymore.)

Me: If you were a parent what would you do?

Riley: I would buy a house and get a wife. I would have kids and I would help their future by teaching them life lessons, feeding them, and giving them money for college.

(Well, at least he’s going to feed his kids, that’s good.)

Me: Is it fun to be a parent? Why?

Riley: Sometimes, if your child is nice. It’s fun to have kids, a mortgage, and a home.

(Yep, super fun to have a mortgage.)

Me: Why do you love your parents?

Riley: They help me every step of the way and they do everything they can to keep me safe, and they love me.

(Spot on, buddy.)

If you have access to a small child, ask them what they think about your role as a parent or for further laughs, ask them what they think about other topics such as: marriage, work, responsibilities, aging.