At my birthday dinner a couple of nights ago, my 11-year-old daughter asked me if she was a Republican or a Democrat.
The first thing that came to my mind was Wow, what a loaded question that is, and my second thought was Well, at least she isn’t asking me about something’s law like where babies come from or why we never see certain family members anymore (a whole other blog post).
While we don’t talk a whole lot of politics at home, my daughter sat in on a couple of the debates with Jim and I, mostly bored to death and constantly asking questions about the questions being asked and why Obama and Romney were answering what they answered, oh, and if I thought they were going to get into a fist fight.
I was impressed that she was asking such heavy questions. I asked her, “Why are you asking me if you are a Republican or Democrat?”
She said, “Some kids at school asked me today.”
Side note: I’m blessed that i am able to send my daughter to a private school where apparently some of the lunchroom conversations involve not only today’s math test, but political conversations.
When I was 11, the last thing I cared about was who was running for President. But times have changed since then and way more since my daughter was born. The day before her birth, Osama Bin Laden gave orders that ultimately changed the content of American history books forever.
So many things good and bad have happened since my baby girl was born. Some were good, some were bad, and some were the immediate result of decisions our commander in chief and other elected officials made.
What I ended up telling her was this:
“The reason why people watch the presidential debates and read and watch the news is because they want to better educate themselves on who is running for a certain office and what they plan on doing once they get elected. President Obama has his way of doing things, and if elected, Mitt Romney will have his way of doing things.”
I don’t want her to think that it’s wrong to believe in one thing or the other, but I do want her to know its ok to believe in something, which is what makes America such a great place to live.
“When you get older, daughter, you will be more interested in things like presidential debates, who is Governor and why people do the things they do. For now, just enjoy being a kid, and don’t worry about who is going to be President until you’re old enough to vote. Also, it’s not polite to ask someone who they are going to vote for. It’s ok to ask me because I’m your mom.”
“Mom, who are you going to vote for?”
“I’m not telling.” 😉