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A 7-Year-Old Gives 6 Alternatives to War

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You know what's hard? Trying to explain the concept of war to a child. This was a challenge I was met with during on a recent drive with my peace loving 7-year-old daughter.

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I had been listening to NPR and they were talking about the odds of the United States getting dragged into the conflict in Syria. There was talk of death, of bombs, and of war. I should have turned the dial or put on the Phineas and Ferb channel on Pandora—which we usually listen to—but my daughter is 7 and at the age where she can be exposed, in small doses, to these adult concepts.

But the idea of war just did not make sense to her, like at all. It’s an illogical solution to a problem that could be solved in other ways, ways that don’t destroy lives. My daughter started to pontificate about other options to solve conflicts between countries. She had quite a few suggestions for the world’s power players.

A Math Test:

I think they should have their presidents sit down and take a math test. Whoever has the most right answers wins.

Instead of a real fight they should have a food fight!

The Taco Off:

The leaders of the countries should make tacos and who ever has the best tacos would be the winner.

The Race:

I think they should have to run a race, like ten miles. And the winner is the one who finishes first.

Garden Contest:

They should have to grow stuff and see whose plants grow best. But this would probably take a long time, but wars take a long time too, right? I think they should grow blackberries and then they’ll have to make a blackberry tart or make blackberry jam.

The Fast:

They should not eat for like a week, and the one who doesn’t eat anything for longest time wins. That would be so hard.

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Food Fight:

Instead of a real fight they should have a food fight! But only soft foods like burritos, or peas or kale. Oh and to make it harder, they should have to grow all the food themselves!

Pretty good ideas, don't ya' think?

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