Talking to your kids about Politics

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Registered: 10-23-2001
Talking to your kids about Politics
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: 08-22-2009
Sun, 11-04-2012 - 4:51pm

  I really do not discuss politics with everyone.  I did early  voting  so have already voted.  I think that everyone in my family would be surprised at who I voted for.   The reason that I voted the way I did is in large part because of things that I learned through DD3.

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Registered: 01-25-2010
Sun, 11-04-2012 - 4:25pm

  It is not surprising that there are questions. It is this time that a parent needs to be educated in all politics not just the surface.  What are the consequences of each action or inaction?  There is a lot to digest.  Most American History and political books at 9th grade level are very "dumbed down".  Partly because in real world politcal/foreign policy goes against the surface values.  Much is about economics and monetary policy so all these issues are "dumbed down" during elections.