Advice From a 9-Year-Old

A an eye-opening conversation with my cousin Shaun

To unlock the secret knowledge of children, I asked my 9-year-old cousin Shaun some of life’s biggest questions. Quickly, I discovered he had more helpful answers and a higher EQ than most adults I know. Kids rule!

Interview with cousin - Lizzie Goncharova - photo by olivia

Photo by Olivia Heusinkveld | Edited by Lizzie Goncharova

Q: Are you looking forward to being an adult? Why or why not?

A: Yes, because you get to do more things. Like, as a kid you don’t really have a job and stuff, and as an adult you have a job, and I think it would be cool.


Q: What job would you have if you were an adult?

A: Archaeologist. BAM!


Q: If you could tell everyone in the world one thing, what would you tell them?

A: Know that there’s always someone in the world that will love you for who you are. Some people never come from a good family, so they always need to know that there is some out there who loves them.


Q: What is the best thing to do if you are having a bad day?

A: If you did something wrong, think there’s always other days that you can make up for it.


Q: What are things you do to feel better on a bad day?

A: Clear your mind. Concentrate and relax and then focus. After that I would be straight back on track.

Know that there’s always someone in the world that will love you for who you are.

Q: What is something you wish grown-ups did more of?

A: Helping each other out.


Q: Know any good jokes?

A: YOU BET I DO! What do you get if you eat onions and beans? Tear gas. If anyone wants to know what would happen if you ate those things, that’s what would happen.


Q: Most important thing you’ve learned so far?

A: Learning how to tell time. You know, if you’re a grown-up, you always have to be places on time. So if you didn’t know [how to tell time], how would you know what time to be there?


Q: Any advice for college kids?

A: If you keep on working hard, you can make it to the top and get good grades, and your life will work out pretty good in the future.