Why Parents Should Listen to Their Kids

Children aren’t designed for blind obedience.

Renata Ellera Gomes
Invisible Illness
Published in
5 min readMay 6, 2024

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Photo by Brian Gordillo on Unsplash

In December 2004, the world witnessed one of the worst natural disasters in recorded history. A massive tsunami hit several countries in South and Southeast Asia, killing at least 225,000 people. However, on one beach in Pukhet Thailand, everyone survived thanks to an 11-year-old girl — and the adults who listened to her.

Tilly Smith had been walking along the beach with her mother and little sister when she suddenly stopped and refused to go further. Tilly insisted they had to turn back and leave the beach immediately because a tsunami was coming. Thanks to a Geography lesson she had a few weeks before the trip, Tilly recognized the signs in the ocean, and her survival instincts kicked in.

At first, her mother dismissed her warnings. Tilly then escalated and reportedly threatened to leave by herself. She was sure something terrible was about to happen. Seeing the state of her daughter, Tilly’s mother finally took her seriously.

When Tilly’s father alerted a security guard about the incoming tsunami, he was afraid the guard would think he was “bonkers” for listening to the warnings of an 11-year-old.

The beach was evacuated in time, and hundreds of lives were saved, but the story could have ended…

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Renata Ellera Gomes
Invisible Illness

Writing about love, relationships, culture, and life in general. Get my book, Acid Sugar, at shorturl.at/hvAVX