What a sticky subject right? or maybe not at all. Last Saturday my neighbor called with a last minute invitation to go to an Obama rally close by. It was a no brainer for me, convincing the kids was another story.
Me: "Remember the man I told you about that might be the next leader of our country? There is a rally for him going on right NOW? Do you guys want to go? It's like were part of history here!"
Josiah: "Obama?! Is he going to be there?"
Jack: "Nah, I don't want to go. I'll just stay here."
Me: "I don't think he is going to be there but it should be very exciting. Come on!"
We eventually convinced Jack to go but only if we drove instead of walking. Lucy was devastated we weren't walking and everyone was grouchy by the time we got in the car 15 minutes later. I was hoping it was still a good idea especially when the questions started to flow on the way.
"Who is the leader now?"
"Oh, that guy started the war right? Is the new guy gonna stop it?"
"Why did we do that anyway?"
I was completely bipartisan giving both ends of the argument right? Not so much. I totally filled their heads with my political ideals and thoughts. I kind of felt guilty after. I was almost as bad as the smear commercial campaigns on television. It started a new little debate in my head.
Should we use politics as an opportunity to pass on our values?
Is it an opportunity to educate about the system and help our kids explore their own thoughts and ideas?
maybe a little of both?
I'm sure the answer is different for everyone but after the moment I wished I had asked my kids what they thought before I shared my views. I decided if a do-over is in my future there are a few questions that might stir up some conversation.
If you were the President, what would you do?
What would be important to you (and for all the people)?
What would you change?
What if kids ruled the world, what would it look like?
The rally ended up being a huge hit. There were bubbles, face painting, coloring, boat hats, healthy snacks and music. I was in heaven with all the change energy in air, the kids seemed mildly amused. I'm not sure I started any budding political activism with my crew but I was glad we went.
So I ask you Supersisters, what do you think? How do you handle politics at your house?
What part does it play if any at all? Does the media force you address it or are you blissfully unaware? What do you think kids should know?