Kids Talk

12th October 2012 at 01:00
Andrew, Aiden, Paisley, Olivia and Chloe, P7, talk to Julia Belgutay about what makes a good parent

Chloe: You need to take care for your kids and make them food.

Aiden: And keep them healthy, get them to get into sports, because you don't want them to become unhealthy.

Olivia: If your child wants to do something, you want to encourage them ... to do the right thing.

Chloe: When my sister had a baby, my mum knew lots of things, because she'd already had me and my brother. So she just gave advice.

Paisley: I think what would make someone a bad parent would be lying in their bed, not doing anything.

Chloe: Drinking.

Aiden: Or if they don't want you to be into sports or anything.

Olivia: I think the most important thing is that they care.

Aiden: I think you should be 20 before you have kids.

Andrew: Yeah, 18 or over.

Paisley: On the news there was someone who was 13 who had a baby. You should be at least 18.

Olivia: You'd be mature.

Paisley: And maybe when you're younger it may be a bit more painful.

Chloe: You would be ready if you were older. You would have been able to plan.

Aiden: 'Cos you're 18, you go through changes, like your voice drops.

Andrew: I know what you're thinking.

Paisley: And you get, like, a beard.

Olivia: Let's leave it at that.

Andrew: A good parent is someone who if you've seen something, they said, "Yeah, you can have it." But if it's just a one-off.

Paisley: It's important it's a one-off. It makes things more exciting. Arguing with your parents just happens. Sometimes, it can be a good thing.

Andrew: I argue with my dad.

Aiden: It depends, because if you didn't argue with your mum and dad, you wouldn't get told, you wouldn't know what not to say.

Andrew: You wouldn't know the other side of your life. It just wouldn't be right.

Olivia: I'd rather they told me if I did something wrong.

Aiden: The bad way to tell you would just be to shout at you instead of getting down and talking about it.

Olivia: A lot of people fall out with their parents for being selfish because you don't get anything.

Paisley: I just say to my sister to be grateful for what she's got. I couldn't not speak to my parents. I always speak to my mum, like what happens at school and stuff like that. Exciting stuff.

Aiden: If you didn't speak to your parents, it would actually be pretty lonely. It would be like you didn't exist any more.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now