Are your kids following the electoral campaign?

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Are your kids following the electoral campaign?
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Fri, 10-12-2012 - 12:54pm

At what ages?  At 6 and 3, my dc's don't reallly get it yet.

 

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Fri, 10-12-2012 - 1:15pm

DD 15 is obsessive.... totally obsessive and is very upset that she's too young to vote. DS 11 is following largely because he lives in the same house as DD and it's hard NOT to follow with her around. I'd say he's interested but not consummed by it. 

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Registered: 05-18-2005
Fri, 10-12-2012 - 2:34pm

Miranda, I've lived in Europe and know what you mean about our "left" party being relatively right-wing.  You wouldn't believe how many people believe Obama to be radical Left.  We really don't teach civics and social studies well in the U.S.

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Registered: 04-09-2006

Well, he is.  Compare him to Nixon, who was considered "right wing" by the left...and at one point he said that all needed to ahve a guaranteed annual income.  Compare this to the "let them sleep in culverts" mentality that pervades the "right" now.

dd18 is extremely interested in (and knowledgeable about) current events, both US and world...I am not sure whether dd14 is a participant or bystander, because dd18 is very articulate and tends to be able to say everything relevant before dd14 has a chance.  We listened to most of the first debate while driving home in the dark (it takes more than an hour to go 42 miles because we have to have enough stopping time for critters...last night it was a raccoon and a fox, the night before a raccoon and a cat...but sometimes it's an elk or a feral hog)...and my kids were both shocked that the "win" went to the candidate that lied the most...divorced from the visuals, it seemed like the clear winner wasn't the one proclaimed so by the pundits.   My kids noticed that neither candidate was operating in a hyperbole free zone...maybe something about hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com is catching?  (Cake is the only thing that matters!)

Deborah

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Mon, 10-15-2012 - 1:21pm

My youngest, ds15, has become very interested in politics.  It has been interesting to watch him start to really pay attention and understand the issues.  He has even told me about how upset he was with a friend's remarks, due both to politics and to insensitiviity to women.  It has really made me happy to see him growing intellectually this way.  I even came back the other night from being out to find him watching the VP debate!  Alone!  (Although he said he had just turned it on). 

 

 

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Registered: 12-06-2010
Mon, 10-15-2012 - 2:42pm
My older DD, 14, has been interested in politics for quite some time now, ever since the Bush/Kerry election. DD 10 asks occasional questions and has her opinions, but she is not what I would call passionate. It's probably better that way, because a lot of political topics would feed her anxieties.