If Children Ran the World

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If children ran the world, what kind of world would we live in? 

We would live in a world where everything was free for the taking, and candy was an acceptable meal choice for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  We would live in a world where boys and girls would hold hands with one another for the sheer sake of friendship, where we would be free to ask people if they would be our friends, and where we could cry without judgment whenever we felt happy, sad, or our feelings were hurt.  We would live in a world where it would be okay to be angry, and where forgiveness took seconds instead of years.

We would live in a world where name brand clothes didn’t matter, where being barefoot and wearing nothing but underwear was acceptable no matter where you went.  Boys could play with dolls, and girls could play with balls without being labeled as gender confused.  The world would be decorated with colorful artwork made from painted handprints and broken crayons, and there would be no such things as toy-boxes or organizational closets to store the things that are fun to play with. 

We would live in a world where it would be okay to be angry, and where forgiveness took seconds instead of years.

Every living room chair would house at least one stuffed animal, and countertops and cabinets would be completely accessible to even the shortest of people. 

There would be no such thing as glasses or ceramic dishes – we would all drink from plastic sippy cups, eat off of paper plates, and use our fingers instead of cutlery.  Summer baths would consist of no more than dips in the swimming pool, beds would never be made, and parents would get to stay home and play with their kids, throwing balls in the yard, building Jenga towers, and having pillow fights rather than work. 

Thunderstorms would be outlawed, people would say “I love you,” at least 300 times per day, and hair would never have to be combed.  The 5-second rule would no longer exist, school would start at noon (if at all), there would be no such thing as homework, and every person in the entire world would be equal regardless of skin color, gender, money, or social upbringing. 

Bedtime would come when you were tired, naps would be optional, playgrounds would be everywhere, and laughter would echo through the atmosphere from street to street.  If children ran the world, parents would say yes more often than no, favorite pets and loved ones would never move away, and death would be banished.

If children ran the world, everyone would love one another – people would be honest about what they feel even if meant telling the old lady at the grocery store that pinches cheeks that her breath smells like stale coffee.  Every night would end with a fireworks display, and rain and storms would only pass through during the wee hours of the night when the world was sleeping.  Superman and Wonder Woman would be real; heroes that we would all believe would save us in our time of need and there would be no such thing as worry, hospitals filled with sick children, or beloved dogs that get run over by cars. 

Most importantly, if children ran the world – they would escape to a Peter Pan world where they would never have to grow up and where we could be mommy and daddy for the rest of our lives – never having to thumb back through files and pictures wondering where in the world the time has gone.

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If Children Ran the World

Stef Daniel is the 40ish year old, experienced (meaning crazy already) mother of count ‘em…4 daughters (yes, she takes prayers) who have taught her nearly E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G she needs to know about raising kids and staying sane. She hails from a small town in Georgia where she lives with her family in a red tin roofed house (with just ONE bathroom mind you) on a farm - with tons of animals of course. One day, due to her sheer aversion to shoes and her immense lov ... More

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2 comments

  1. LIZ says:

    we have to think sometimes like children’s again

  2. Michelle says:

    That was lovely, but I’d be an outlaw. I love thunderstorms, always have.

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