'I have now perceived (what I always suspected from memories of our childhood) that the way to a child's heart is quite simple: treat them with seriousness & ordinary civility - they ask no more. What they can't stand (quite rightly) is the common adult assumption that everything they say shd. be twisted into a kind of jocularity.'
CS Lewis in Walter Hooper (Ed.), The Collected Letters of CS Lewis Vol III, p.390.