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Elaina Smith: World’s Youngest Agony Aunt

October 22, 2010
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Elaina Smith is a very wise 7-year old girl, which is why she is Britain’s and possibly also the world’s youngest agony aunt.

Elaina, from Coventry, West Midlands, has her weekly slot on Mercia FM’s breakfast show and helps hundreds of people write to her with their problems each week.

Seven-year-old Elaina Smith sits at her desk at the studios of Mercia FM in Coventry

She gives tips on everything from ending a stale relationship, how to dump boyfriends and how to get a man to dealing with lazy older brothers.

The show’s host, Andy Goulding, said adults responded to Elaina’s straight-talking attitude. He added: “The advice Elaina offers is laid-back and honest, we’ve been inundated with people emailing us with their problems since she’s been on our show.”

“Within a minute of us broadcasting her first slot a woman in hospital phoned in saying how much she enjoyed hearing the little girl’s voice, it really cheered her up.”

Elaina got her break after listening to the show as she got ready for school.

Mum Karen Harris, 31, a customer service worker, said: “We were listening to the radio one morning, as we usually do when Elaina gets ready for school, when the presenter asked for people’s advice for a woman trying to get over a break-up.”

“Elaina said she wanted to phone in so we called and I was surprised with what she came out with.”

“She said the woman should go out bowling with the girls and have a large mug of milk.”

The broadcaster was so impressed with her advice that they offered her a weekly slot to give tips to thousands of adult listeners.

Elaina said: “I really enjoy it. I say whatever comes into my head and people like what I say. I used to want to be a vet, but now I want to be on the radio.”

Her mum Karen Harris, 31, added: “Elaina’s dad and I separated. She’s always trying to set me up with people in town. I’m happy being single but if I do need advice I know who to ask.”

When one listener wrote to Elaina asking how to get a man, the street-wise seven-year-old replied: “Shake your booty on the dance floor and listen to High School The Musical. Make sure he has got money and a big car.”

Another girl asked for advice on what she should do about her lazy older brother. Elaina answered: “Tell him to get a job and stop watching Loose Women on the telly.”

When a woman asked how to get her man back, Elaina told her: “He’s not worth the heartache. Life’s too short to be upset with a boy.”

And on breaking up with a boyfriend, Elaina told a listener: “Change your locks and telephone number and pretend you’re not on.”

Asked about what to do when the boys are chasing her, she replied: “I just hide in someone’s locker or the changing room.”

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