A NOTE TO PARENTS
Iam actually nervous about having to write an editor’s note. But, I see that it is important for adults to have a peek into what we see, as children. I would like to talk about the things that parents don’t really understand about their children.
I hate having to cut my hair short because it looks ugly. I definitely think I look better with long hair. But, my dad likes my hair short, so he’ll often ask me to have a haircut. Usually, I’d agree to this, but when the time comes, I would say “no”. This upsets my dad. My mum asked, “How can parents and children come to an agreement about the child’s hair?” Well, I agree that we should be well-groomed, but please don’t cut my hair too short, dad.
Our friendships are complicated, even though we are kids. My BFF and I do have arguments, but these don’t last very long. Also, my two BFFs don’t like each other sometimes. I feel stuck. I don’t know how to explain this to my parents.
Then, there’s bullying. It’s hard. When a girl bullies another girl, she makes the other girl feel bad. It’s confusing. It’s like she is a good friend but not. A bully wants to have her way all the time and makes the others follow. My mum told me to stand up to the bully. I tried, but she hurt me. It was awful and I cried. Why does she have to pretend to be nice and then be so nasty? If you are a bully, stop bullying. Everyone has a right to choose, not just you.
The bully that I know doesn’t talk to her parents much. I don’t think they know that she is a bully. It would be great if parents can make time to talk to their children and spend time together.
J oelle Ju - Vien Sin , 9