The Kids Share FREE Advice With You for #GivingTuesday!

In the spirit of #GivingTuesday the kids are giving you FREE advice! Here are the kids' answers to all your life questions: 

Do I have to accept my mom’s Facebook friend request?

  • You can if you want to but I think you should because she’s your mother and I bet she does a lot for you.
  • If I were you I would accept because otherwise she may think you’re hiding something and you shouldn’t keep secrets.

How do I get my boyfriend to work out with me?

  • If he doesn’t want to do it then just make him eat healthy. 
  • First of all, good for you for having a boyfriend and second, if you ask and he says no, tell him that you want him to do one simple thing for you. 
  • Ask him. If no, go by yourself

My best friend is mean and sometimes makes me feel bad, but I still like her. What should I do?

  • Tell your friend how you feel and say that she’s still super nice, but sometimes you feel hurt. If she doesn’t agree, find friends that surround you with kindness.
  • You should be honest with her and tell her how you feel. If she continues, she’s not really your friend.
  • Two options. One, tell her/him that you’re breaking up and find a new best friend or just tell them that you don’t like it.

 Where should I go on vacation, and what should I do to make some extra money so I can pay for the trip?

  • I’m not sure about the extra money part, but for the vacation part you can see rated places for vacation on Google.
  • Hawaii!! Put all your money in the bank and earn more.
  • Paris. Have a garage sale.
  • You can go to Quebec, it’s very cool and part of it is old fashioned. You could work as a cashier part time or make a computer game.

 Should I surprise my parents during the holidays and what should the surprise be?

  • I would surprise them with a pet they like.
  • Something they love very much.
  • You can get them a gift card and card saying thank you for everything they do for you.

My boyfriend wants to raise our future children in his hometown in Sweden, but I want to stay in Vancouver. We love each other very much, what should I do?

  • Try to make your last best moments in Vancouver, then go to Sweden!
  • Let the kids decide and visit both places year-round.
  • Ask him to stay in Vancouver, if he really wants to go, find out more about Sweden, see if you like it.

What do you do when you like someone and you want to hold their hand?

  • Tell them. I know it’s hard.
  • First, get to know them. Second, know them for a while. Third, wait for the right moment. Fourth, go in for the “hand-hold”.
  • Ask them, say it was a dare.

 I have a new boss at work and do not look forward to work anymore. What should I do?

  • Keep your job, look for better jobs. If you find a better job, do the better job. If you find no better jobs, keep your job. If you can’t choose, flip a coin.
  • Quit? Or give suggestions to your boss.
  • Find out more about your boss, see if they are really not your type. If they are mean you can quit or ignore them.

 A friend stopped talking to me and I don’t know why. Help!

  • Talk to them about what they’re interested in.
  • Just let them come back to you.
  • You can ask why. Maybe it’s just because they have no time.

 What kind of pet (other than a cat or dog) is really fun to have?

  • I recommend having a turtle! They’re really graceful and quiet.
  • Parrot, turtle or fishes
  • A hamster (guinea pigs and rabbits are good too)!

 How do you tell your best friend/roommate that she’s super messy and needs to clean (she gets upset easily).

  • Motivate her and give her a treat that she likes a lot if she cleans her mess.
  • Tell her you should have a clean-up day.
  • You don’t.

 I’m almost 64. Should I retire and relax or retire and start my own company?

  • You should retire if you’re feeling tired from work. Or, if you retire and want a hobby, the company could be your hobby.
  • Try relaxing. You have worked for many years.
  • Go skydiving.

How do I decide if I’m ready to have a baby?

  • Well, if you have a spouse, tell them the truth. Remember to ask if they are ready for one.
  • Ask your friends that have children for advice.
  • Babysit a lot of ages. If it is hard, maybe not. IF you don’t have a baby you might be lonely in the future.
  • Start with a dog.

 How can I spend less time on my iPhone?

  • Woah, that’s a hard one. Why don’t you download that app that limits your app time? Or set a limit on your phone so when the time ends, you can’t use it.

 My Instagram looks lo-res. What do I do?

  • Well, my sis downloaded this app that makes everything cuter! Go get one! Or you should send a complaint message to Instagram.

 Should I rent or buy a home? Where?

  • First of all, if you have the money, BUY A HOUSE! It may be a bit more expensive but think. The money you spend on the house will be A LOT cheaper for the rest of your life.

How do I get my two kids to get along better?

  • Find something they have in common.
  • Trap them in a room together with lots of oxygen in the room and keep them in there until they pretend to get along in front of you so that you don’t get a headache.
  • Get them to do one thing together the other person likes.

What tricks should I teach my dog?

  • To get its leash.
  • To sit and stand.

 What kind of dog should I get?

  • Pug
  • Golden Retriever
  • I would recommend a Corgis because they are very cute.
  • Go to a website that shows you different kinds. Then go to a pet store and make your decision (I bet this will totally be a breeze).

What book should I recommend to my book club?

  • Molly Moon Saves the World
  • Silver Wing
  • Find a bookstore and then ask the manager where the best joke books are. Then pick one (or choose ‘em all).

 What’s the best type of cheese?

  • Parmesan
  • Spray cheese
  • Swiss cheese

How can I meet new friends?

  • At the movie theatre before the movie in the food line. Say hi to them and make some conversation about your day then ask if they want to do something sometime then ask for their number.
  • Ask someone, “’wanna be friends?”

I live in Vancouver, how can I meet a boyfriend (I’ve tried online dating)?

  • Go to the park?
  • If you have a friend, tell him you’re doing a date night.

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