Talking to your kids about Politics

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Registered: 10-23-2001
Talking to your kids about Politics
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Sun, 11-04-2012 - 3:27pm

Do your kids know who you plan to vote for?  How much politics do you talk about with your kids?  My oldest has been asking and I seriously don't know where my vote is going and I told her that, This opened the door to who she likes and why.  She's in an effective citizenship class (9th grade social studies) and her teacher there has been pushing the Obama agenda which is no suprrise but I don't know that that's right either.  She's an idealist and her points of views are interesting to listen to esp social issues.  I never knew where my parents stood on politics, My dad used to call himself a conservative liberal or liberal conservative, Lol and mom was a staunch conservative but politics was hugely personal too.  Nowadays it's all over facebook and party divides do seem to be something people talk about more.  Thoughts?

 


 


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Registered: 10-23-2001
Fri, 11-09-2012 - 8:42am

Yes, I like to hear what my kids think too, Even my 9 YO had opinions about this past election! The whole thing about politics IMO is that there's no one right answer but I do believe individuals should be prepared to defend why they support a particular candidate or issue even if it is personal! I respect my parents for shielding their political favortism, Some people still live by that rule. 

 


 


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Registered: 01-21-2011
Mon, 11-12-2012 - 10:51pm

My eldest (7) came home and announced that he was voting for Obama because "Robney" was going to get rid of PBSKids. I hadn't done much specific issue discussions with my kids, but when that came home we had a rather in depth conversation about values and the way government works. I teach a full unit of propoganda and media bias, so my kids will be getting an earful on just about every topic as they age - especially politics. 

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