Trying to navigate love, dating and Valentine’s Day dos and don’ts can get overly complicated these days, which is why we’ve turned to the eternal wisdom and refreshingly straight-up perspective of kids.

Read on for some seriously guru-level musings on romance from our future leaders.
 

JASMIN, 10

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE WHO HAS A CRUSH BUT IS TOO SHY TO SAY ANYTHING?

J: Just tell them. Life’s too short.

WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO DO ON VALENTINE’S DAY?

J: Be with your family and friends.

WHAT DO YOU THINK IS A GOOD VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT?

J: It depends. For example, for my mom, I would give her flowers and chocolate.

WHAT KIND OF GIFT WOULD YOU LIKE FOR VALENTINE’S DAY?

J: A MacBook.


ENRIQUE, 11

WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO SHOW SOMEONE YOU LOVE THEM?

E: Giving them a nice gift, like flowers shaped into a heart.

WHAT KIND OF GIFT WOULD YOU LIKE FOR VALENTINE’S DAY?

E: Probably a lollipop or chocolates.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE WHO HAS A CRUSH BUT IS TOO SHY TO SAY ANYTHING?

E: Maybe you can talk to their friends or send a little note asking if they want to hang out at recess so you can get to know each other.

WHAT’S A GOOD THING TO DO ON A FIRST DATE?

E: Going to an ice cream shop so you can just stay there and hang out.

WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT QUALITY IN A FUTURE HUSBAND OR WIFE?

E: They have to be smart, they have to love my family, and they have to look nice and pretty!


TULIP, 17

WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING TO DO ON VALENTINE’S DAY?

T: Celebrate it with the people you love.

WHAT DO YOU THINK IS A GOOD VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT?

T: It doesn’t matter what it is, it’s the thought that counts.

WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO SHOW SOMEONE YOU LOVE THEM?

T: Just stay next to them and spend time together.


SAMANTHA, 11

WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO SHOW SOMEONE YOU LOVE THEM?

S: Write them a note. It’s more personal than buying a card that already has words in it because it’s written by yourself.

WHAT DO YOU THINK IS A GOOD VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT?

S: Probably chocolate.

WHAT KIND OF GIFT WOULD YOU LIKE FOR VALENTINE’S DAY?

S: Chocolate!

WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT QUALITY IN A FUTURE HUSBAND OR WIFE?

S: Honesty. A person who lies isn’t really a good person.


AIDEN, 3

DO YOU KNOW WHAT VALENTINE’S DAY IS?

A: Yes! <mum shakes head no>

WHAT IS VALENTINE’S DAY ABOUT?

A: Love! <mum is stunned>

WHAT DO YOU THINK IS A GOOD VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT?

A: Flowers!

WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO SHOW SOMEONE YOU LOVE THEM?

A: A hug!

HOW CAN YOU TELL IF YOU LOVE SOMEONE?

A: Because they’re your best friend.

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Nancy Won

Nancy Won is a style writer and editor in Toronto. A former fashion features editor at Flare and Fashion magazines, her work focuses on fashion, art, culture and the creative minds behind the scenes.

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