I wrote a short young lit story for my creative writing class. It's about a 10 yr old boy and his family going for a balloon ride. It's simple and sweet. During critiques, the only thing I got back was "where's the conflict". There isn't one. I don't want to scare 8, 9, 10 yr olds away from ballooning. This is more to lure them in, get them interested. My grade was even counted off for not having conflict. I asked the prof if I was supposed to set the balloon on fire and send them streaming from the sky. So, my question is...should there be conflict in a story geared toward young kids. My intention is to entertain and educate, not scare the bee-jeezus outta these poor kids.