Kids shouldn’t be burdened with political messages (especially when they’re for the ‘wrong’ candidate)

Kids shouldn’t be burdened with political messages (especially when they’re for the ‘wrong’ candidate)
Credit: Michael Spooneybarger—Reuters

Thursday night, my two 7-year-old daughters stayed up to watch some of the Republican debate. Needless to say, I had a lot of questions to answer. In my house, they went like this:

“Mom, why do all these men hate Hillary Clinton so much? Is she going to be our next president?”

“Mommy, is that Donald Trump? I don’t like him. Why does anyone like him? Yuck.”

Kids have … opinions. They say the darndest things, and they mean them. At the time. But their framework for those thoughts come from their parents…. [T]hey are going to pick up what we, the parents, are putting down. And we cannot be objective all the time. We are laying down the foundation upon which we believe our kids will grow best. For my family, that’s a world that doesn’t include Donald Trump as president.

So when I saw three little girls, barely older than my daughters, proudly belting out pro-Trump lyrics in front of a 10,000-strong crowd, I honored their right to their opinions. But there is a huge difference between politics talk in the home and the politics-for-pomp that one of the girls’ fathers, Jeff Popick of Pop Media Network LLC, is peddling.

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