One of the most valuable lessons I learned, through the edit process of one of my kids stories, was that you don’t want to plant seeds in vulnerable minds. In other words we might see kids as stinkers but very young kids don’t see themselves that way. And it is never a good idea to introduce the idea. For instance maybe you see your little Bobby as thinking something naughty, but it would be better to show Bobby’s behaviors as a lesson he learned from, rather than a haha moment for the story.
It is often hard to turn off the adult mind, crawl into the footie sleepers and be your young protege, but this is exactly what you have to do. It was a major surgery to get my story to printable stage. But after hacking away at all the adult stuff I finally found my inner three-year-old.