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alittlelost March 20th, 2013 06:59 AM

How old would your child be before you started teaching them about politics? Would you teach them about your opinions, or would you teach them more about how to find the truth and see past propaganda?

Social Halfwit March 20th, 2013 09:45 AM

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Big Boy's school got really into the elections and they held a mock election, so we talked a lot then. Most of it was when he was told he couldn't have a "I Voted" sticker because he didn't vote for Romney. I went a little crazy on the school people over that.

Right now he's learning about how women fought for the right to vote, so we are always talking about the importance of everyone having a voice in their government and what happens when people don't have that. We haven't discussed propaganda too much, but I'm sure we will get into it, especially once he starts homeschooling.

Social Halfwit March 20th, 2013 09:45 AM

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alittlelost March 20th, 2013 10:24 AM

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Social Halfwit, I'd be so pissed at the school! I have to say, every time I read your posts I think, "this woman rocks!" you are a really great parent and an inspiration. So glad you joined us. I like your outlook on this, too.

Social Halfwit March 20th, 2013 10:41 AM

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Aw thank you! I'm always amazed at the kind of women I meet on JM, always such strong and smart women! But really my kids have to take all the credit.. Big Boy is so advanced and he's always challenging me, so I'm just rising to the occasion!

IronMamma March 20th, 2013 04:38 PM

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I have no idea! I would say like 10ish. Its sooo hard to say since he is only 15 months and my only.

shen7 March 20th, 2013 06:01 PM

Is there a difference between my opinions and the truth?!?!?? Not according to me! :rofl:

I feel like kids pick up a ton just from eavesdropping on adult conversations. Once we asked DH's little cousin (from a very conservative branch of the family mind you) "hey J, do you know the difference between Democrats and Republicans?" And without missing a beat he said "of course, Republicans are good and Democrats are bad, everyone knows that!" It was pretty funny. He was like 8 or so at the time. So probably it is better to just set an example of not ranting and demonizing, pointing out things you agree and disagree with on both sides, etc than to expect or believe that you can give your child a truly unbiased description of what politics is about ;)

I read this once in a funny book. The adult table conversation, as imagined from the kids' table (like holiday dinner style):

Mom: will you pour me some more wine? I want to act silly.
Uncle George: Politics! Politics! I'm angry!

There was some more but that part made me laugh out loud when I read it :)

ohnicole March 20th, 2013 06:17 PM

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I agree that kids pick up on things a lot earlier than you might think. I plan on talking to Eleanor about government in general and how there are lots of aspects of our lives that are influenced by the government as soon as she starts asking more involved questions about the world around her (which seems like it could be any day :lol: ). I am not too into politics, so I don't think we'll have a super tough time making it about the issues and not our opinions.

I was a nanny for 2 girls this past fall. After Obama won the election, they were so sad, and I asked the 8 year old why she wanted Romney to win, and she said she didn't like Obama because his wife made Cookie Monster eat vegetables and that was "just wrong." It was funny, but also really made me think about what kids see as important and how easily their opinions are shaped if no one talks to them about things like that.

alittlelost March 20th, 2013 06:26 PM

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My approach is to explain the way things work as well as things to look out for (for example, I tell my kids how to spot scams and how you can't believe all commercial on television LOL).

I will also explain to them that websites and news channels tend to have party preferences and report news in such a way that supports their network's views.

I might even do things such as take a story and write it in two ways (one that is intended to support republican views and one to support democratic views, but both the same story, just worded differently).

I will also share my views and let husband share his and then after that I will share with her the views of other people and then ask my kids what they think.

Kind of like how I handle religion LOL and I MUST be doing that unbiasedly enough because I'm atheist/agnostic and my daughter is a Christian LOL

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