Politics and Kids- Do you Vote and Tell?

I remember when I was growing up, my parents didn’t talk politics with us. We would ask them every election year who they were voting for, and they always said, “that’s a private matter, you’re not supposed to tell.” It’s interesting, because even through civics classes, I never really understood what the underlying ideological implications were with each political party. I sort of wish they had talked about it more. When I began being a stay-at-home mom, I really needed some adult conversation (even if one-sided) to stimulate my brain, you know what I mean? So I began listening to talk radio and news, on all political sides, and really started to form my own opinions about economics, morality and government, foreign policy, and many other issues. I really have to research all sides before I make up my mind, and now I’m pretty sure of what I believe. The only thing that worries me is that the education of many of our young people in government, US history, the Constitution, and economics is seemingly lacking in diversity of thought.

I laughed on the way to school the other day, as my daughter asked me about a shirt another girl was wearing. “Mom, Susie had a shirt on yesterday with a picture of a man on it, and it said, ‘I’m for…’ why is she for that man?” Now Susie’s father is a very outspoken liberal, who is a regular in the local newspaper’s letters to the editor. So it really didn’t surprise me! I said, “I’m pretty sure it’s Barak Obama. I briefly explained that he was running for president and her family was voting for him.

“Are we voting for him?” (I love how, at this age, everything my husband and I do are extrapolated to the kids.) For the sake of neutrality on this blog post, I won’t tell who I’m voting for. If you read my stuff, you can probably guess, but I did think it was really important not to be overly partisan when telling her who we liked and didn’t like. It’s just a matter of agreeing with one person more.

I want to teach my kids about issues, as much as they can understand, and I was wondering if you talk about politics with your kids. Do you tell them who you’re voting for and why?

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About Sarah Pinnix

I'm a mom, blogger, vlogger, libertarian. I love Jesus, and my husband, too. Social Media Strategist for a Non-Profit (All statements here are solely my own)

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  1. My parents always discussed politics with us and explained their party affiliation and why they chose to vote the way they do. It wasn’t so much to “sway us” but to teach us the importance of voting according to our beliefs and religious values.

    However, my father always taught me to think for myself — yet to use my faith as a guide.

    I think I’m better off because of it. It’s easy to get swept into the momentum of a political movement and not realize what’s really happening.

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  2. We have talked about the candidates and the issues. We have talked (unfortunately a lot) about the things we don’t like… Over all our daughter has gotten the distinct impression that it’s important to us though I doubt she understands a whole lot- as of yet.

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  3. Our kids are a little young for politics at this point, but if it comes up, we’ll discuss it. I come from a very political family- my dad currently serves in the House of Representatives – so politics are always discussed. My Dad will try to tell me who to vote for, but I make my own choices. It’s funny, but I’m not allowed to campaign openly for who I am voting for because my parents say it could cause someone not to vote for my dad or my brother(who is a judge. Here I am, 44, still being told what to do politically. Oh well, it’s not a big sacrifice for me – but I do discuss it if asked.

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  4. Classic MaMa says:

    We absolutely tell Scarlett. I loved taking her to our state’s primary.

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  5. Sarah Mae says:

    First let me say, my kids are only two and half and one, so my opinion is certainly subject to change! However, I think my husband and I will tell our kids who we vote for. I do want to cultivate a thinking brain in our children, and I plan to teach them about politics and not force my opinions on them, but I plan on being open about sex, evolution, different religions, so why not my politics?

    By the way, I really like your profile picture – very fun! 🙂

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  6. Coma Girl says:

    We do discuss politics with our teenage sons. We think it is important for them, especially because at their age, it’s “not cool” to read the paper and know what’s going on…except the sports section.

    And my husband and I are from different political parties, sort of like James Carville and Mary Matalin (I won’t tell you who is who!), so that makes it interesting.

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  7. Cheryl Lage says:

    Holy cow! So funny that you posting this (I found you as a fellow Adoptic user)! Our six-year-old twins are VERY vocal about their political leanings, which happen to be in contrast with their dad’s and mine. Since they are six, we’ve not gone too “deeply” into the issues, but we have addressed the importance of character, the truth (and telling it), compasssion, and action. When Tim Russert passed away, both were asking “Why are they showing so many pictures of that man from the news?” (We watch political shows with them, based upon what the issues addressed will be…)

    Holy cow, whata ramble! Just excited to find a kindred parent addressing the topic with their kids. Love your blog!

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