While I’ve been known to blog about some potentially controversial topics, I rarely write about subjects like politics or religion. This is not, however, because I think either of these topics is unimportant to us as parents; quite the opposite. They are very, very important.
Allow me just a few words about politics, and in particular voting, from a parent’s perspective. Back when I was single and heard a politician speak about “creating a better future for our children,” the full meaning of that expression didn’t really sink in. That’s changed.
Did that happen to you, too? After having a child it suddenly felt very important for me to understand in some depth the choices we are being presented, to do my homework, and not just accept the sound bites either side’s pundits repeat over and over. It takes work.
I feel voting is a right, a privilege and a responsibility. It’s not always been that way. I’m sick of hearing people say, “My vote won’t count” because my state is blue or red or whatever. Maybe that’s true, but what message do you send to your kids? They see everything.
Our kids learn far more from their parents’ actions than from their words. This democracy so many fought to achieve, and have died to defend, matters. So from one parent to another: Do your homework. Think about your children. Think about their children. And then…