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    Re: political parenting

    If my dad has a different view point as me it's fine as long as I give good examples and I am able to give facts to support my claim .

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    Re: political parenting

    Teaching them how to think and analyze facts.

    Not what to think, or how to make the facts fit their problem.
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    Re: political parenting

    Quote Originally Posted by samsmart View Post
    Just because a parent teaches their child to have the same politics doesn't mean their child actually will.
    Just because a parent teaches or models anything doesn't mean the kid will follow. Trust.

    But I did model civic responsibility and local activism, and so my children know how to check voter registration rolls against petition signatures and etc. I took them with me to the polls every time, and I vote in every election. Now they do too, and one of them goes with me to vote every time. It's what we do.

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    Re: political parenting

    Quote Originally Posted by mpg View Post
    Would you encourage them to be on a particular side of a particular issue? For example, would you teach them to oppose capital punishment, or anything like that? How many issues would you be willing to do that with?
    Depends on one's perspective I suppose. I can teach my kid's that valuing life is important. If they ask what I think about something, I tell them. To some that is indoctrination because "Of course they will believe what you believe no matter how you phrase it", but to me it is not the same thing as teaching them that my opinion is the only correct one.

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    Re: political parenting

    Quote Originally Posted by Fisher View Post
    Depends on one's perspective I suppose. I can teach my kid's that valuing life is important. If they ask what I think about something, I tell them. To some that is indoctrination because "Of course they will believe what you believe no matter how you phrase it", but to me it is not the same thing as teaching them that my opinion is the only correct one.
    I don't think this is indoctrination either. Besides, I'd like to think that most parents inculcate the understanding that one must be true to oneself.

    Additionally, learning is a two-way street. My child when 13 is the one who showed me the pro-life light. And we grew together to oppose the death penalty.

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    Re: political parenting

    Quote Originally Posted by Fisher View Post
    Depends on one's perspective I suppose. I can teach my kid's that valuing life is important. If they ask what I think about something, I tell them. To some that is indoctrination because "Of course they will believe what you believe no matter how you phrase it", but to me it is not the same thing as teaching them that my opinion is the only correct one.
    I agree but that isn't the question. This is about teaching kids what their politics should be.
    If you expect people to be rational, you aren't being rational.

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    Re: political parenting

    I don't see how to raise someone without imparting your values to them. But so long as those values include critical thinking and not blind obedience, then those children will decide for themselves and make their own decisions.
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    Re: political parenting

    I pretty much will regardless of intent or degree of exposure to politics anyhow. They live with you, and they will pick up your politics at least to some extent.
    Michael J Petrilli-"Is School Choice Enough?"-A response to the recent timidity of American conservatives toward education reform. https://nationalaffairs.com/publicat...-choice-enough

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    Re: political parenting

    Quote Originally Posted by Fiddytree View Post
    I pretty much will regardless of intent or degree of exposure to politics anyhow. They live with you, and they will pick up your politics at least to some extent.
    My parents almost never talked about politics in front of us kids and I do the same thing with my daughter.
    If you expect people to be rational, you aren't being rational.

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    Re: political parenting

    Quote Originally Posted by mpg View Post
    Should parents teach their kids to have the same politics as the parents?

    I would do it in RARE instances, but overall, I think it's a bad idea.
    Parents should teach their kids solid family values. If they do it right, they won't have to worry about their kid drifting to the Left.

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