Grownups have a terrible habit of underestimating what children can or cannot understand. But kids, if you invest the time and patience to listen to them, often offer such solutions for your "adult" problems, that you feel silly for not coming up with them yourself.
Ciro Ortiz, 12, is a New York boy who offers emotional advice from his little stand at the Bedford Avenue subway station in Brooklyn on weekends. You'd find his little setup almost comical, until you see him listening to you, with undivided attention in his sombre eyes and placid voice.
$2 buy you five minutes with this unlikely therapist, who, people have said, offers very pragmatic advice. In an interview with Jimmy Fallon, Ciro said that the $2 fee can be done away with, if a person seeking therapy is unable to afford it.
Ciro Ortiz says that he was bullied in school when he was younger, which made him want to offer counselling to others.
His mother, Jasmine Aequitas, told the New York Post, "Ciro is really sensitive and he’s had a hard time." His father, Adam Ortiz, added that Ciro has always been more mature than whatever grade he has been in.
On a good day, Ciro is able to make up to $50 in a two-hour session.What does he plan to do with the money?
Buy snacks and gifts for his schoolmates who cannot afford them.
Funnily enough, this incredibly wise seventh-grader does not want to be a psychiatrist, but a game developer, when he grows up.
Think of Ciro Ortiz the next time you write off a kid's intelligence!