Well - I gotta admit - we here at I Heart Bowheads (that would be me) don't really get terribly riled about stuff. Not a lot of drama. Not a lot of controversy. We (once again me - not sure why I feel the need to explain that) tend to keep it pretty light.
I do have the occasional rant in me and here it goes..........
This is not a rant telling you what to believe.
It is not a rant telling you what party to belong to or what issue you should back.
I will not even be expressing my own political beliefs in this post.
What I am going to rant about is........
BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU SAY IN FRONT OF YOUR CHILDREN FOR HEAVEN'S SAKE!!!!!!!!
Back when I was in my Kindergarten classroom, I would do an election every year. I would talk about the three branches of government, the two major political parties and the election process as a whole. I would always send a note home explaining this to the parents in my classroom as well as assuring them that no political opinions were going to be presented to the class. Only an explanation of the process.
This would often spark a lot of political dialogue with my Kindergartners. This was especially true if it was an election year. As my own children got older, they started to ask questions about the process. My husband and I have been very careful to simply explain the process and what both sides believe. We do not tell our children who we each vote for and there are many times that my husband and I are on the same side of an issue or party aisle but I have to be honest - we are also often on opposite sides and we have talked about that.
That is the bleeping (scuse my language - you can tell that I am starting to get worked up - I am even typing faster;) BEAUTY of America.
The checks and balances
I encourage you to disagree
I encourage you to vote your own choice and then if you don't win - lobby, talk, picket if you want to to get re-elected next time but for heavens sake.....
BE RESPECTFUL OF THE OFFICE WHILE YOU ARE DOING IT!!!!!!!!!!!!
No joke - no exaggeration - here are some of the things that children either in my classroom or in my home have asked me.
Mrs. Bowhead- what's a communist? Cuz my Daddy says (such and such political character) is one of those?
Mrs. Bowhead - what's a moron? Cuz my Mommy says (such and such political character) is a big one.
Mommy Mommy - My friend (insert friend's name here) says that if (such and such political character) becomes president he is going to take all of our money!!!!!!!!!!!!! We need money - right? What are we going to do if he takes all of our money?
Mrs. Bowhead - why does (such and such political character) not love everyone? Why do they only love the rich people?
Well my Daddy says that we don't have to listen to him and I don't have to watch his speech on television that is telling me to stay in school and work hard.
Now I could go on and on with the quotes but I believe you get my point. I would also like to remind you before you go getting yourself all riled up that my quotes also go back ten years which (if you will remember) spans both political parties in power.
Like I said - this is not telling you what to believe. This is not telling you what to feel strongly about. This post is telling you what I feel strongly about and you know what I feel strongly about? Do you? Do you? (Can you tell I am typing fast again? Frank the pug is sitting here next to me watching me with some fascination wondering what is happening with the flying fingers but anyway - I digress.......)
Teach your children to respect the system.
Teach your children to respect the OFFICE.
How can you not teach your children to respect the OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES? You do not have to like the man. You do not have to support the party but respect the office. Respect the process.
Use words like.....
Feel strongly about
Let's write a letter to our congressman
Please do not use words like
Dumb as a box of rocks
Remember - your children are listening to you. They are watching you and hate and dis-respect can be learned in the most unlikely of places.
They are standing at your feet in the church hall when you are chatting quietly with your neighbor.
They are playing on the floor of the kitchen while you are on the phone.
They are in the other room while you are cussing (I mean loudly disagreeing) with the TV.
Teach them to debate. Teach them to become involved. Please do not teach them to hate the other side.
The other side, in my humble opinion is what makes the country so great. Because we get to have an other side.......