"You Can't Forgive Someone While Your Nose Is Bleeding": Advice From A Four-Year-Old

"Accessibility doesn't mean grown ups only!" This was the argument of our writer Anne Theriault's son, Theo, when he pitched us own advice column. We offered him cake, we offered him a briefcase full of our black-ops-feminist profits—but he insisted that for our site to be accessible to our readers, we needed to make space for Canadian children to offer their spin on friendships, relationships, and mechanical wonders. He said he wouldn't leave our office until he got a "yes" or My Little Pony came on, whichever came first. We've come around—we hope that you will too.

Got a broken heart? Not sure where you're going in life? There's no problem he can't—with the help of his mom—solve before naptime. 

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Do you think it's okay to tell someone: "I'm afraid to forgive you because then you might hurt me again?" Or should I wait until I'm no longer afraid to try and be their friend again? — Dawn from Union City 

It's nice to forgive someone because then you're not angry anymore. My friend David* really really wanted to play Ninja Turtles and he just hit me in the nose, and then my nose started bleeding. He said "sorry" and the teacher said it was an accident. But I couldn't forgive him because my nose was bleeding.

When your nose starts bleeding, you can't forgive someone. But when my nose stopped bleeding I could forgive him.

Sometimes my friend has candy for dinner—I get worried because maybe she's sad or not feeling well enough to make a proper dinner. Is there I a way I can ask her why she's eating candy without sounding like I'm trying to make her feel bad? —Lisa from Vallejo

It's not a good idea to have candy for dinner. But you can have candy after dinner for a treat. I would just tell them to stop eating the candy for dinner.

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