Are you watching the political conventions with your kids? What do they think?

Our 11-year-old has sat down with us several times during the last two weeks to watch the conventions.  The 9-year old is in and out of the room and doesn’t really stop to watch.  The 5-year-old has not interest at all.

It’s fascinating to see what speakers and speeches resonate with our sixth grader.

She was funny last night. She said, “Well last week I was for the Republicans but this week I’m liking the Democrats.” Michael tried to explain to her about post-convention bounces. He told her that’s what the conventions are designed to do — sway you.

I’m glad she’s interested in our country’s future and is willing to sit and listen and form her own opinions.

Are your kids watching the conventions with you? Do they ask questions? Do you discuss the issues? What speakers are resonating with them? Have they bounced around in their opinions?

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DB

September 6th, 2012
12:55 am

Well, since they are several hours away, they aren’t exactly watching them WITH me! However, I’ve enjoyed trading observations with my son, who is following them intently (part of his job), and who has some really interesting insights. My daughter, on the other hand, would be hard-pressed to tell you which party was having a convention this week.

Scary how much even kids get swept up in the rhetoric on both sides, isn’t it?

malleesmom

September 6th, 2012
5:54 am

Our oldest became interested at age 6. She’s turns 14 later this month. So we discuss news in general daily and our conversations become more in-depth during the election cycles. Because my spouse is a history junkie and I’m partial to daily news, there’s always something to discuss. The girls have not bounced on their opinions thus far.

motherjanegoose

September 6th, 2012
7:27 am

Mine are not at home, so they are not watching with me. What scares me is that many people appear to be thinking…what is in it for ME ( or people like me) and not what is best for most folks in our country. Sadly, many people are so self centered they are not willing to look at what would be best for the group. How could people in NYC imagine what is good for folks in Iowa as well as folks in Minnesota knowing about the poor folks in Louisiana right now? No one person ( or two) can do everything they will promise. Nor will you like everything they say. At least that has been my experience. I am looking for someone who can get people into jobs so they can feel proud of what they do each day as an American. People who are working and coming home with a paycheck can be proud of themselves. Children watch what adults do and often emulate their behavior.

Jeff

September 6th, 2012
7:45 am

I haven’t watched the first minute of any of it. I chose to stay happier by not watching.

The speeches themselves aren’t what bothers me about either paty; they’re just going to do what comes natural. They’re politicians and they will always do what politicians do.

It offends me to no end that many of these reporters think I’m so stupid that I need them to tell me what I just heard. If they can’t do their job of reporting then they need to find a new line of work. Like working for a middle school newspaper.

Jeff

September 6th, 2012
7:45 am

I haven’t watched the first minute of any of it. I chose to stay happier by not watching.

The speeches themselves aren’t what bothers me about either paty; they’re just going to do what comes natural. They’re politicians and they will always do what politicians do.

It offends me to no end that many of these reporters think I’m so stupid that I need them to tell me what I just heard. If they can’t do their job of reporting then they need to find a new line of work. Like working for a middle school newspaper.

Uh, Theresa...

September 6th, 2012
7:46 am

…the convention does not come on here in the East until 10pm (on regular networks) – we know that that is 7pm in AZ, so it is doubtful many “kids” are watching.

Please don’t tell us you are allowing your kids to watch CNN to view this “brainwashing” by the Dumocrats…

Mayhem

September 6th, 2012
7:51 am

We;ve been watching. Both conventions, although the dems have failed to sway me. They are saying the same thing the repubs were saying last week.

The conventions don’t sway me. My mind was made up 4 years ago. I’m a die hard republican. I believe that the money I make is MINE. I believe the home I purchased is MINE.

Everyone in this country is born with the same opportunity to succeed in life. It’s the choices you make along the way that lead you down the path you are on now. If you chose to do good in school, study hard, work hard and succeed, you will. If you chose the gangsta lifestyle, then that’s where you will end up. Then you will blame EVERYONE for your circumstances.

We all have the opportunity in this great country of ours, to succeed. You make the choice!!!

Voice of Reason

September 6th, 2012
7:56 am

I explain to my kids that people view their particular candidate as Obi-Wan Kenobi and the other candidate as Darth Vader. But, at the end of the day, both candidates end up being Jar Jar Binks.

I win at parenting.

A

September 6th, 2012
8:00 am

Livelong Democrat here, but unfortunately the best speeches are saved for the 10 p.m. ET hour, so past bedtime. I do plan to let my son watch a recording of President Obama’s speech tomorrow.

FCM

September 6th, 2012
8:01 am

I had an interesting conversation with my youngest child. I told her to remind me to write the school a check. She said “I told you don’t have too. I tell them you cannot pay (note: FCM CAN pay) and they will take care of it.” I explained that someone else would have to come up with the funds then. She was adamant that was not correct. Her older sister tried to explain it to her. Youngest was still sure that not paying would be fine that “they” would fix it. She could not explain who “they” were and could not grasp that somebody at some point would have to pay.

Yesterday someone said her child was a Republican but since starting college realized tuition was rough. Her child was starting to see why we did need the “Free Money”. My co-worker was going on and on about how the “Free Money” would help so many people. (Side note: if anyone knows where there is Free Money can you tell me?)

Now what is the point relating these? For some reason people really do not grasp that SOMEBODY SOMEWHERE is going lose their hard earned (not free) money to pay for them! That is line of ______________ that has been fed via the sound bites and schools, etc to the Nation and unfortunately our children for the last 4 years.

Thankfully my children are much to young vote. I am not having youngest watch the DNC b/c she is obviously too gullible and will buy into their plans to America’s destruction. I will however continue to talk to her and challenge her thinking so that even if she does stick to her “Free Money” platform (which is odd b/c she earns her allowence) she will do it by being able to attempt to back up her beliefs.

My older child and I do discuss both the RNC and DNC platforms. I encourage her and challenge her thinking on the various platforms all the time. She is soically liberal (pro choice, let the *states* decide the gay marriage issue, etc) and fiscally conservative (small federal government, fair tax, etc).

We did not sit as a family and watch the RNC either. I am not interested in the propaganda party time. As Michael told Rose, the conventions are designed to sway you.

At least my children do agree thhe nation needs real solutions.

FCM

September 6th, 2012
8:10 am

MJG I think I I just took honors as longest post LOL.

VOR yes if yoou did a Star Wars anology you rock at parenting. (And it was deadone!….although one reminds me more of Palpentine).

motherjanegoose

September 6th, 2012
8:29 am

FCM…have at it…haha!

We promised our children that we would help them with college. They have/had HOPE scholarship and work part time too. They both made car payments and we paid for insurance, cell phones and many other little things…including taking them to buy groceries and renewing their car tags this month. IF either of us looses our jobs…we may have to revisit the promises.

This is where I think lots of people do not understand.

IF THE GOVERNMENT RUNS OUT OF MONEY…IT DOES NOT MATTER WHAT THEY PROMISED …they cannot support you. When the bucket is empty…it is empty!

Better to have a job and support yourself….IMHO.

Mayhem

September 6th, 2012
8:31 am

My oldest, has decided to act like a democrat lately. She absolutely refuses to get a job. Instead, she wants to sell MY stuff, that I paid for, so she can put gas in her car. I told her that was not my problem, that if she needed gas, she could get a job just like the rest of us and pay for it herself.

But by taking someone else’s stuff and selling it because you need the money is not how this country, or my home, works. If you want something, go out there and work for it. I’ve worked since I was 15 years old. I moved out of my parents home when I was 21 and I never went back. I have provided for my family. I don’t need ANYONE telling me I have to share MY money with someone who choses not to work. I, with a gun to my head, am FORCED to pay taxes and they are deducted out of my paycheck. That’s all I am required to do.

homeschooler

September 6th, 2012
8:41 am

@FCM, it may have been long but it was good. My oldest is very interested in politics but my youngest is not. Neither are watching the conventions because I don’t have regular TV or cable. I don’t think they would want to sit through the speeches anyway. I have been catching up by watching the speeches online the following day. I watched several last week and this week I have seen Michelle Obama and plan to watch Clinton today. I have also been following some of the drama with the God and Jerusalem references. What a mess.
I did show my son a series of clips of people responding to the “The government is the only thing we all belong to” idea. I think this is an incredibly dangerous view and I want him to be sure he recognizes the difference between the government belonging to the people and the people belonging to the government. There were people on this clip saying things like. “well, the United States has been fair so far, so I really don’t hate being owned by them”. Seriously disturbing to me.

yuki

September 6th, 2012
9:00 am

Great comments mostly so far, espcecially from Mayhem. You are right on. Why should I have to work to pay for someone else? I’ve worked since I was 17, it’s what I do. I enjoy it. I understand we have to pay taxes, but why should mine help to feed illegals who keep having children or single women who chose (yes, chose) to have children and now can’t afford to feed them? I get that people come on hard times, like a lost job, and I’m ok with that. But the free handouts to people who have smartphones, nails done, etc. is insane. Enough is enough. And while I’m at it, you can’t “choose” to murder someone in cold blood without consequences and that is what abortion is. Plain and simple. I look at my baby girl and wonder how anyone could take the life of an innocent baby.

Soccer MILF

September 6th, 2012
9:04 am

My kids wonder why the dems need to bus in people while the repubs can fill an area with engaged people.

FCM

September 6th, 2012
9:04 am

@ homeschooler you have hit upon a big problem I have with Social Studies education in our schools. The schools teach that we are a Democracy. (Democracy is a form of government in which all eligible citizens have an equal say in the decisions that affect their lives.)

We are in fact a Constitutional Republic (A constitutional republic is a state in which the head of state and other officials are representatives of the people and must govern according to existing constitutional law that limits the government’s power over all of its citizens).

Since we do not teach our children correctly, the grow up to be adults who do not know. Thus they swallow the whole everyone deserves ….

I saw an interview yesterday with A’mare Stoudemire. He was asked why he wrote the book STAT. He explained that coming from the background he did (or Michael Strahan did) that they have to understand they are role models. It is up to them to show examples of how to live your life in good ways, doing the right thing. To show how if you believe in yourself you can make a great life. (Strahan had related his father always WHEN not IF when telling his son you will make it happen).

I really doubt that either of these (who I would think are in those upper $$$ brackets that DNC wants to tax to death) want to pay more in taxes. If they are truly helping others and living productive good lives, then they are living the American Dream. They can fund good works/education for folks PRIVATELY they do not the GOVERNMENT to do it for them.

Once we believe the Goverment owns us, they do. They get to decide everything. Well that just works/worked great for Cuba, China, and USSR now right?

Soccer MILF

September 6th, 2012
9:05 am

My kids also wonder how Michelle Obamas brother can keep his head coaching job at oregon state despite and abysmall record…..I then showed them the amount of stilumuls money that went to Oregon.

Annie

September 6th, 2012
9:07 am

It doesn’t matter who’s President – the same people are going to be sitting at home milking the system. We’ve had people on welfare for years. We’ve had illegals in this country for years also. This is nothing new people.

Also how can someone be against abortion but for the death penalty? Taking a life is taking a life, no matter how you draw it.

FCM

September 6th, 2012
9:08 am

@ yuki….in my house the choice is life. However, we don’t think we have the right to make that choice for all women. God gave us free choice too.

Once Again

September 6th, 2012
9:21 am

Everyone really should have watched the conventions of the other political parties – especially the Libertarians. They actually have REAL discussions and debates about the REAL issues that should matter to this country – war, the economy, freedom, liberty, the criminal federal reserve, etc.

These overpriced stage shows that are being foisted upon us by the two major parties are a complete sham. Republicans NEVER even mentioned the war – probably because they LOVE war, want more of them, don’t care about how many folks are dying, and have no plans on changing america’s course. The democrats will have no serious discussions about anything important either. Mostly because they have no serious solutions – just more of the same (like the republicans) and because to open up discussions might show that there is some real dissent in the party.

If you are smart, you are watching these shams with your kids and explaining to them that this is how our country got so SCREWED UP. There are really only two parties to blame for our problems. Seems that giving another political party or two a chance would be the right move after the past 150 years of failures.

Hmmmmmmm

September 6th, 2012
9:35 am

AMEN Once Again!

FCM

September 6th, 2012
9:39 am

@ Once Again….absolutely if you want some real solutions talk to a Libertarian. Unfortunately they are not (yet, but I remain hopeful) in a position to have a viable Presidential run.

We are stuck with 2 parties that are largely similar just different in allocation and approach.

homeschooler

September 6th, 2012
9:50 am

@ FCM. I hate “social studies”. My kids get history. Starting with ancient times and moving to modern times. This idea that kids can’t understand or are not interested in past lives and cultures is just one way that America keeps kids in the dark and focused on only what applies to them. My son realizes that America is a very new nation and that it is unbelievable that we were able to build such a strong world power in such a short amount of time. When a child understands the path we took to get where we are today you become a much more educated adult.
Contrast that with kids studying how to be a better citizen and how town hall meetings work. Oh, I know the schools teach about the Revolutionary War and about the Civil Rights Movement but they leave out thousands of years of important history.
My son got this answer wrong on the Iowa test in third grade. “If you wanted to ride your skateboard on the sidewalk but your town had laws that you could not, would you….
a) do it anyway
b) move to a town where you could ride your skateboard on the sidewalk
c) propose to the city council a change in the law.
He answered (b)..HA answered like a true Republican.
The correct answer was (c) but, I had to ask myself..”was (b) really wrong”?

FCM

September 6th, 2012
10:01 am

@ homeschooler….but all 3 choices could be correct. (a) is an act of disobedience, possibly civil in the same way as sitting at lunch counter was in 1960s. (b) is a costly solution, requiring a great deal of introspection (not unlike that which lawful immigrants face). (c) of course is how our goverment is supposed to work; you follow the process and the law MAY be changed or it may not (not unlike Sunday Sales in GA).

If it were MY child’s test, I would help them think out good reasons why (b) is a “right” choice/viable option. Present it to the teacher and get the points back. I do not encourage them to challenge the teacher all the time, but they have actually won back points on test a few times.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

September 6th, 2012
10:22 am

All G-dly, loving, intelligent parents should have taken the opportunity during the GOP convention to discuss the biblical concept of “lacking natural affection,” so readily apparent in zombie Romney.

America is being sifted.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

September 6th, 2012
11:02 am

It is sometimes nice to get stuff three hours earlier. Rose sat and watched last night. It was interesting to get her impressions of Clinton since she was only a baby when he was in office. We used to tape stuff we wanted to them to see.

Mayhem

September 6th, 2012
11:25 am

The $50 lesson…..

Recently I was having a conversation with a young girl. I asked her what she wanted to be when she grew up. She replied “The President of the United States”. Both her parents, liberal democrats, were standing there. So I asked her, “if you were president, what is the first thing you would do?” She replied “I’d give food and houses to all the homeless people”. Her parents beamed.

“Wow,” I replied, “what a worthy goal…but you don’t have to wait until you are President to do that. You can come over to my house and mow the lawn, pull the weeds and sweep the driveway, and I’ll pay you $50. Then I’ll take you over to the grocery store, where the homeless guy hangs out and you can give him the $50 to use towards a house and food.”

She thought that over for a few seconds, then looked me straight in the eye and asked “Why doesn’t the homeless guy come over and do the work, and you can just pay him the $50.” I said “Welcome to the Republican Party!”

Her parents still aren’t speaking to me.

Misty

September 6th, 2012
11:45 am

ANNIE:

I’m against abortion and for the death penalty. Yes, it’s taking a life but there is a difference, I see. A baby is innocent- he/she didn’t ask to be conceived or born, a baby can’t defend itself and is pure.
An offender who gets the death penalty is none of those. He (or she) has usually done horrendous things to another human. He/She is pure evil. Justice needs to be done. We don’t need to be spending taxpayer money to feed, clothe, and shelter them. Everyone’s complaining about how our tax money gets spent wrongly. If a human chooses to do a crime then that human had better be ready to pay the price.

Mayhem

September 6th, 2012
11:49 am

AMEN Misty!!!!

I’m against abortion as a means of birth control. However, abortion after a rape is ok with me. I would not want to carry, birth or raise, a child that was concieved through a violent act.

Annie

September 6th, 2012
1:08 pm

I’m sorry but taking a life is taking a life – remember the commandment “Thou shalt not kill”. Who are we to judge anyone to such an extent that it ends their life? I agree they need to pay the price for their actions though, I’m just not sure ending their life is the way to do so.

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jarvis

September 6th, 2012
1:28 pm

@FCM, Democracies and Republics are not mutually exclusive.

A Constitutional Republic is a complex version of a Representative Democracy (checks and balances, strong constituational law etc.) A more-simplistic Representative Democracy is the set up in the UK with the Ruling Party’s leader serving as the Prime Minister.

Think of the Democracy as the tree. Representative Democracy as a limb on the tree. And the Constitutional Republic as a branch on the limb.

jarvis

September 6th, 2012
1:29 pm

@Annie, kill them all and let God sort them out.

jarvis

September 6th, 2012
1:33 pm

@homeschooler, how was his answer “wrong”?
Wouldn’t the answer to a “what would you do” question always be right?

Tiffany

September 6th, 2012
1:34 pm

My daughter has watched a little of the convention with me. She was a little bored but I was glad she got to watch some of it with me. Bill Clinton is looking great these days! We will watch President Obama tonight together.

FCM

September 6th, 2012
1:54 pm

@ jarvis fair enough but the schools seldom go beyond the tree.

(Though a constitutional republic is not a pure democracy it necessarily has some democratic elements, such as the ability of the people to elect a president…the United States relies on representative democracy, but [its] system of government is much more complex than that. [It is] not a simple representative democracy, but a constitutional republic in which majority rule is tempered by minority rights protected by law.)

The schools are WRONG to teach only the tree.

Besides say the pledge (to the Republic for which it stands)….Wiki defined Republic: republic is a form of government in which the country is considered a “public matter” (Latin: res publica), not the private concern or property of the rulers, and where offices of states are subsequently directly or indirectly elected or appointed rather than inherited.

By what Homeschooler said.. it would seem our “rulers” just ignore all the above. Certainly our schools do.

Misty

September 6th, 2012
3:47 pm

Mayhem: It’s proven that not every time a female is raped will she become pregnant. Again, the baby didn’t ask for it. I feel that if it happened to me, I couldn’t punish an innocent baby.

Annie: God made exceptions but you have to read the whole thing in its context and not just pull out the parts you want to fit whatever situation you want. That’s where people get into trouble.

Will Jones - Atlanta Jeffersonian Exegesis

September 6th, 2012
5:26 pm

All American parents should inform their children as quickly as possible that a plank in the GOP platform they didn’t talk about openly during their convention forbids abortion for victims of rape and incest, thereby biologically and genetically rewarding the rapists and incesters…a purely satanic manifestation – the culture we, as “whigs,” came and established American Exceptionalism’s individual sovereignty, our credal civil religion’s “New Secular Order,” to escape, viz., Revolution-triggering “Common Sense,” by Thomas Paine, as well as the writings of Messers. Adams and Jefferson.

If we don’t wake up and educate the next generation and ourselves, the easily recognized plutocratic faction identified by Thomas Jefferson as “the real Anti-Christ,” “an engine for enslaving mankind,” who ran “the Wall Street of slavery” for over 2,000 years, will be repealing the American Revolution’s Whiggism – rule by Truth and Justice for the many rather than the few – and taking us back to enslavement, history’s default political economic order prior to the founding of what should be our holy and righteous Nation.

Warrior Woman

September 7th, 2012
11:50 am

@Annie – The biblical command is actually “Thou shalt not murder,” which applies to abortion but not to the death penalty. If you don’t believe it, try actually reading the Old Testament, and note how often the death penalty is prescribed by the same One that said, “Thou shall not murder.”