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    Re: political parenting

    I will pick none of the options because none suits my answer.

    I think parents should keep their kids away from politics until they grow up to a proper age (their 20s). Anyway, when I have kids, I'll give them the same advice my grandfather gives me: stay out of politics.

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    Re: political parenting

    We do have many smart people here...
    Me ?
    I think that its best to teach our children to reason, use logic, ect....., but NOT to be clones of their parents.

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    Re: political parenting

    dinner time with family was almost always a time of political debate
    we were allowed - strike that - we were expected to form our own views
    and then defend them over the meal
    something i will always appreciate
    Mom's amazingly good country cookin' and Dad's depth of debate
    except for the amazing cooking (sorry kids), i have carried this over to my own family
    and the kids were soon able to hold their own in any arguments
    we remain diametrically opposed regarding illegal immigrants and amnesty, but they have shaped my opinions in many ways
    and this has spilled over in a positive way to allow our kids (now young adults) to discuss (almost) anything with us [my daughter - thankfully - does not involve me in her sexual discussions just as my son does not reveal any such information to his mother. but otherwise, they feel comfortable discussing anything from drugs, to relationships, to religion and spirituality, to fears and concerns, to dreams, accomplishments and failures]. and i do believe much of that openness is directly a result of the tradition of political debate

    as you can see, i am proud of my kids and their ability to concoct and defend their own views ... even if they do hold some wrong political opinions
    we are negotiating about dividing a pizza and in the meantime israel is eating it
    once you're over the hill you begin to pick up speed

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    Re: political parenting

    Quote Originally Posted by Dooble View Post
    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.
    Ha!
    Then "family values" needs to be defined...in detail.





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    Re: political parenting

    Quote Originally Posted by earthworm View Post
    Ha!
    Then "family values" needs to be defined...in detail.
    You don't know how to define it already?

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    Re: political parenting

    Quote Originally Posted by mpg View Post
    I agree but that isn't the question. This is about teaching kids what their politics should be.
    Sure it is. Kids are sponges. To some, teaching your kids anything involving a value that touches a red herring issue will be perceived by some as teaching them what their politics should be, particularly if that is in opposition to the speaker's politics. That in turn predisposes a child to grow up with a worldview that favors or disfavors one party or the other or one agenda or another.

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    Re: political parenting

    the kids need to decide for themselves. if i have a kid, i'm sure my values will transfer somewhat, but i'm not going to brainwash him or her into being an independent. my parents put up with my Republican / Libertarian partisan phases, even when they didn't agree. i ended up finding my own way by looking at the data.

    i think the best thing to teach a kid is to look at all of the evidence, and when it doesn't support your opinion, admit that you're wrong and edit the opinion. basically, apply the scientific method to your political views, and to everything else.

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