I always say if you want genuine, honest feedback–ask a child. It often amazes me how my eight year old daughter can break down a seemingly complex problem, with which I've struggled, and offer a perfectly practical resolution in mere seconds with her simple, spot-on observations. In these moments I'm left wishing there was a ways to box up her heartfelt advice and preserve her childhood innocence indefinitely.
The brilliant minds behind 826 National have done just that in their newly released book, Thanks and Have Fun Running the Country: Kid's Letters to President Obama. A few days after the election, kids around the country were asked to provide advice and guidance to their new president. The collection of letters offers pages of practical, often amusing, young wisdom for the newly sworn in President.
"I really hope you put America back together. No pressure, though." -- Sheenie Shannon Yip, age 13, Seattle
"Dear President Obama, If I were president, I would tell people to not talk much. It wastes time. I'd also say to war: no more, no more, no more!" -- Catherine Galvan, age 6, Chicago
"Dear Obama, I have grown up with a very liberal mom and a very conservative day. Thank you for bringing my parents somewhat closer together. :) You are my idol Mr. Barack..." -- Olivia Roper-Cladbeck, age 12, Seattle