Working with kids is an eye-opening experience because not only do you gain insight into what they are thinking, but you also get to understand their wants and needs. We knew that kids had their own opinions and thoughts. Many are vocal (if given the chance) and want to take action on issues they feel strongly about. So, it was important for us to give these kids a platform to share their voice (pg 69).
Taking things further, this year’s kid editors attended events with me to experience the life of an editor. They met Dato Sheila Majid, had fun at a cooking workshop with Jasmine, and spent a fabulous afternoon at KL Fashion Week. Serena, Zahra, Alia, Skyler, Louise, and Joelle each have a very strong, confident and ambitious mindset. These traits took some time to appear, but I saw how they blossomed once we’d warmed up to one another. From them, I learnt that kids want you to listen and take what they say seriously. I realised how easily I tune out when my daughter, Malaika, shares about her day at school. Don’t get me wrong, I do listen, but some days, I’m too tired and switch off or lose focus. I now make a conscious effort to listen to her stories and ask questions, and it’s brought us even closer. Being a mum has also taught me that all mums worry about giving our children the best. But, we easily forget that sometimes what is best for our kids depends on what they really need in their lives, and not what we think they need. Give your kids a chance to tell you what these are. You just need to listen, and give yourself time to think about it before reacting.