I have many early memories of politics and political debate. My family was very involved. My elementary school principal often worked the polls, and he reminds me of how often he saw me on election day. I marched to the polls with every member of my family. I loved elections. I was the kid squealing across the parking lot because my pappaw was about to cast his vote, and I loved him and voting so much! I know I was an odd child, but it has served me well. I have a degree from a prestigious university in Political Science that I use to make awesome posts like this one. See it’s totally worth it. Anyway, I believe it’s important to learn about politics early and often!
When I was a youngster, I remember big things happening politically. I was 7 years old when we watched the Berlin Wall fall. I was 9 when we ended the Cold War. These are things that came about because we were willing to ask for change. We had strong political leaders who stepped out on a limb. They were things that really cemented in my young mind the need to be politically involved. The problems of today are different from the problems of yesterday, but they are no less important.
I don’t expect my child to be as weird as I was about politics. I don’t expect someone to ask him if he’s a Christian and for him to reply quickly with no, I’m a ‘publican. I do expect him to have some understanding of politics and the political process. I expect to take him to the polls at a young age. I expect we’ll have political discussions in front of him because we already do. He’ll know pretty early on that his mother is a centrist. We’ve already been discussing how I’ll be voting in the general election depending on who is the nominee from each party. It’s exciting stuff.
The biggest thing I can tell you when discussing politics with your children is to just talk to them. Explain to them how you feel about things and let them see you in action. They’ll be more likely to follow your actions anyway. This is why I plan to get my I voted sticker.