Children on Marriage in 21st Century Britain


July being a popular month for weddings, a local magazine distributed in my area published this month a column bringing us children’s perspectives on marriage. Below you will find a rather instructive selection of quotes. The sample comes from one of the most desirable areas in the country.


“You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff. You know, football, she really should like football and she should keep the crisps and dips coming.” Alan, aged 10.

“No person really decides before they grow up who they are going to marry. God decides it all way before and you get to find out later who you are stuck with.” Kristen, aged 10.

“It gives me a headache to think about that stuff. I’m just a kid. I don’t need that kind of trouble.” Will, aged 7.

What is the right age to get married?

“Twenty three is the best age because you know the person forever by then!” Camille, aged 10.

“No age is good to get married. I think you would be a fool to get married!” Freddie, aged 6.

How can a stranger tell if two people are married?

“Well, you might have to guess on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids.” Derrick, aged 8.

What do most people do on a date?

“Dates are for having fun and people should use them to get to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough.” Lynette, aged 8.

“On the first date they tell each other lies and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date.” Martin, aged 9.

Is it better to be single or married?

“It’s better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need someone to clean up after them.” Anita, aged 9.

How would you make a marriage work?

“Tell your wife that she looks pretty even if she looks like a truck!!!!!” Ricky, aged 10.