View Poll Results: How important is it that your kids share your political beliefs?

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  • I lean conservative and I want my kids to lean conservative as well.

    7 14.89%
  • I lean conservatives and I want my kids to arrive at their own political beliefs.

    12 25.53%
  • I lean liberal and I want my kids to lean liberal as well.

    1 2.13%
  • I lean liberal and I want my kids to arrive at their own political beliefs.

    10 21.28%
  • I lean libertarian and I my kids to lean libertarian as well.

    1 2.13%
  • I lean libertarian and I want my kids to arrive at their own political beliefs.

    16 34.04%
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Thread: Question For Parents

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    Re: Question For Parents

    Quote Originally Posted by Cephus View Post
    I have shown my kids how to think, not what to think. I want them to come to their own conclusions on everything, not just politics. I just want them to do so based on critical thinking, logic, reason and evidence.
    so not conservative then

    I don't think trying to instill a particular political slant really works in the long run anyway. Once the kids move out and see the world, the values they were taught will be challenged. Aging itself also plays a role, which is why people tend to start off as liberal and become more conservative over time.

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    Re: Question For Parents

    Quote Originally Posted by Nilly View Post
    No kids so can't answer the poll really. The results seem to be predominantly 'let kids think for themselves'. It would be interesting to see if these results translated over to religion (or lack of it)...
    I was thinking that too, but how could it possibly? Religion's central tenet is that we must *not* think for ourselves. Of course there will be efforts by most religious parents to shove the religion at their kids, starting with, for example, baptism and taking them to church before they're old enough to refuse.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chromium View Post
    I was thinking that too, but how could it possibly? Religion's central tenet is that we must *not* think for ourselves. Of course there will be efforts by most religious parents to shove the religion at their kids, starting with, for example, baptism and taking them to church before they're old enough to refuse.
    I'm interested in the flipside too though. How would atheist parents react if their children became religious.
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    Re: Question For Parents

    I lean on whichever side has the best solution to our societal problems. I can switch to either side at will should it have better solutions than the former. I evaluate an issue on case by case basis and switch sides without thinking twice. I would like my children to do the same.
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    Re: Question For Parents

    I don't expect people to reply honestly to this poll.
    If you expect people to be rational, you aren't being rational.

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    Re: Question For Parents

    Quote Originally Posted by Beaudreaux View Post
    We have an old dog that has gone blind, but still knows how to get around the house. When he drains his water bowl, he kicks it across the floor to let us know it's empty - now, his water bowl is stainless steel and the floor is marble, so it's makes one hell of a noise. When we go out to feed the outside cats, he will follow us out the front door and try to get the cat food, which is actually funny to watch the cats do ninja chops (no claws - they actually love him and rub all over him anytime other than feeding time) at his face as he ignores them and keeps sniffing around for the bowls. Some of the older larger cats will move the bowls when he gets close, which is hilarious, as it confuses him and he gets real pissed and starts huffing through his nose in disgust. I swear I can see the cats laughing at him as part of the clan goes all ninja and the others move the bowls around the porch.
    I swear, this sounds like an old Tom and Jerry cartoon.
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    Re: Question For Parents

    Quote Originally Posted by Nilly View Post
    I'm interested in the flipside too though. How would atheist parents react if their children became religious.
    Probably about the same as religious parents whose children became atheist.
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    Re: Question For Parents

    Quote Originally Posted by Superfly View Post
    Probably about the same as religious parents whose children became atheist.
    Yup. Being a former hardcore catholic myself, if my child decides to find religion, it wont change anything.

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    Re: Question For Parents

    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernDemocrat View Post
    As a parent how important to you is whether or not your kids when they grow up (or if they are already), sharing the same or very similar political and ideological beliefs that you have?
    Great question!

    I have 3 teenagers and they all love to get involved in politics and have helped with a lot of campaigns, attended events, etc. My oldest has met a lot of politicians including Obama, Romney, and some others. I want them exposed early so they have an interest in it, but I realize I don't really care how they all end up in the end as far as their lean. I probably wouldn't do real well with a very very very hard left leaner but my husband & I just wouldn't talk about politics with them if that's what happened. We wouldn't love them any less or feel like we failed.

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    Re: Question For Parents

    Quote Originally Posted by Nilly View Post
    I'm interested in the flipside too though. How would atheist parents react if their children became religious.
    None of our kids were Baptized or Christened or any of that as my husband & I are decidedly non-religious. That said, if any of them find religion in their lives, we'd think it's pretty cool. It would be a choice they make, just as we made a choice that upsets my Holy rolling Catholic mother in law to this day.

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