Art Linkletter's House Party September 5, 1952-September 9, 1969
Anyone remember this perennial Sunday night favorite? I grew up with this show. And my most favorite part--Kids Say the Darndest Things--came at the end of the show, when sweetheart Art interviewed kids from age 5-10. They spilled all the family secrets. Oh how I wanted to be on that show! Click here if you want to see some clips of Art & "the kids".
When I spotted Dr. Cara Barker's essay, "What Our Kids Wish We Knew", in today's Huffington Post, I thought it was going to be like a trip down 1950's memory lane. Well, not exactly. Times have certainly changed.
Back in April 2008 parents had a chance to have their say in a New York Times contest on "Things Kids Need to Know". Click here to read my favorites.
Now, courtesy of Dr. Cara Barker's interviews with 40 kids--age 3 to 16--the kids have a chance to give out the advice: "Things Parents Need to Know"
"What do you wish grown-ups knew?"
- Amy, age 3: "Everyday, please, cuddles and marshmallows, please!"
- Jerry, age 4: "When daddies get so mad their heads could blow up! Singing makes your head blown up better! Oh, also, we need stories, too!
- Annie, age 5: "They need to send my new baby brother back where he came from! He cries too much. Then they could play with me and we'd all be happy and Mommy would get to sleep with me... It's a lot of work to be a big sister. No one told me about this part. I'm pooped! My brother poops a lot. Yuk!"
- Alexi, age 5: "Little kids need grandpas. Mine comes back to see me sometimes, but I can't tell anyone."
When asked why she can't tell anyone, Alexi answered: "I told them the first time he came after the 'funeraling' but they told me not to make things up. He really did come to see me and winked. It made me feel better. Big people should believe you. Maybe grandpa would come see them, too, and then they'd feel better."
- Andy, age 8: "My dad shouldn't worry so much. I'm scared he'll get sick. I don't want to move, but it's O.K. with me if my dad doesn't have to worry about his job. My head hurts when he worries..."
- Marlee, age 10: "Moms should know when their kids are lonely and sad, like the boy in "Where the Wild Things Are." Only we can't go away like he did. Moms need to throw away their phones.
O.K., that's dumb. But they need to unplug it. Moms need to rest, and not stress us out."
- Mary Jo, age 15: "I wish parents knew how hard we try to get good grades, and make them happy. When I get a 'B' they don't say anything, not like when I get 'A's."
"I worry I won't get into a good school, and then there'll be more fighting. I wish parents would just stop fighting. Or, at least remember their kids are listening. There should be a 'parent pill,' where they could learn to 'chill.' That would be 'rad.' Oh, also, I think dads should be nicer to the mother, even if they are divorced. It makes us feel bad when they are mean to our moms."
- Brad, age 14: "Dads should be more than tourists in our lives. I wish they knew we're not trying to give them a hard time. O.K., so they probably think we're pushing them away. But we need to know they're there when things get dicey. I wish they knew everything is moving too fast out there for us.
I wish they knew they need to turn off the news. Like the Fort Hood massacre thing is terrible; hearing it over and over is too much."
- Jeremy, age 16: "I wish parents knew we worry about them. When they lose their job, we don't need to go to the big-buck places. It probably sounds 'cheesy,' but it would be awesome to just sit and just play board games, and have popcorn. That's cheap if you make it yourself."