President’s Day just might be the perfect opportunity to check in with your kiddos to find out what their first order of business would be if they were in charge. Take five today and ask your child to finish the sentence, “If I were the President I would…” Scroll down to see our results and be sure and put your kiddos response in a comment below!

election booth voting booth kid photo: Brittany Randolph via flickr 


Kate, our Bay Area Editor, couldn’t help but laugh over these three very different responses to the question:

Nora (age 10): I would give my job to somebody else.

Patrick (age 8): “I would make the Army stronger so that people would stop doing bad things.
Joe (age 6): “I would lay there and eat chips.


Ayren, Red Tricycle’s DC Editor, asked her five-year-old son, Trey. His response?

”I would make sure that people respected each other’s feelings and that no one felt bad about themselves.”


Shelley, Red Tricycle’s Atlanta Editor tells us:

”My 2nd grader would give everyone a football and make sure they had shoes. My 5-year-old would make people happy by sending them cards and free ice cream. My 2-year-old’s response was “no.” Just “no.””

Beth, Red Tricycle’s San Diego Editor’s kids have a pretty great action plan. Her 10-year-old daughter said as Presiden she’d:

End homelessness and factory farming.

And her 7-year-old son’s action-plan to end racism?
Have a big dance party and pair people from different races as dance partners.

Leah, Red Tricycle’s Contributing Writer & Editor’s daughter says:

”If I was the President, I would make sure endangered species are protected.”

Spoken like a boss, the daughter of Gabby, Red Tricycle’s Senior Editor, said:

”I would tell people what to do.”

Kristina Moy, our Seattle Editor’s son has a perfect platform: 

According to Blake (age 8), he would, ‘give people money, help the orphanages, give everyone two weeks off at Christmas and make cars less expensive.’

We’ll vote for that!

Our former VP of Operations, Mandy Hale, asked her sweeties and they said:

Sophie (5):  “I would make sure every kid had a house to live in.”

Riley(7): “I  would build the entire country out of LEGOs.“

Meghan, Red Tricycle’s former LA Editor has twins, each who had very different answers:

Molly: “I would say that there should be no more wars, ever.”

Jacob: “I would conquer the world.”

Our Managing Editor—Amber Guetebier—asked her 5-year-old son who said without hesitation:

“I would make sure there were no bullies. And have more shops and even more and more and more ‘candyland’ places and ice cream shops.”

Maria Chambers, our Chicago Editor, asked her kiddos and got a pretty hilarious response. She told us:

”I had to make Wyatt stop talking there because he was building a complete platform. I think he really thinks he’s being nominated. #wyatt2020

Wyatt (10): “I would find a way to evenly distribute money and food between the unlucky people and lucky people. I’d also expand the number of soup kitchens and give the homeless nicer clothes to help them stay warm and find a job. I’d help new businesses get on their feet when they have a good idea, but aren’t known that much.’

Tate (9): “I’d make a hotel that homeless people could go to for free and they’d be cared for there. I’d help foster children get adopted.””

We’d love to hear from your kids! Ask them the same question and then share their answers in the comments below or on social media with the hashtag #RedTricycle. We’ll add their answers to our story!

—Erin Lem & Amber Guetebier