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Why Passing Your Conservative Family Values To Your Kids Is A Good Thing

Regardless if you’re a Democrat or a Republican, raising children isn’t always sunshine and rainbows.  Although if you watched enough Bounty paper towel commercials, you’d think every mess kids make is no big deal, and that parents are always happy and smiling when they clean a yuge glass of spilled milk miraculously with just one paper towel.

Rearing kids isn’t like what it used to be where most families sat at the kitchen table for dinner every night discussing the events of the day, hair was neatly brushed in the morning before school, clothes were freshly ironed, and kids could bring peanut butter to school without having to fear the peanut police in the cafeteria.

In the 2016 election, kids were taunted if they showed support for Republican candidate Donald J. Trump.   It was taboo for them to wear a MAGA hat or t-shirt to school without fear of getting beat to a pulp.  Even college kids who supported the Republican candidate walked in fear on college campuses, worried Antifa and the social justice warrior’s might attack them.

Before the internet era, children would seek advice and information from local and national newspapers, and most importantly listen intently to their parents and elders on political and government issues.  Today, children and teens turn quickly to the internet for information and so-called facts, leading them to try their hardest to disseminate fake news from real news, and opinion from fact.

Traditional “family values” can be nurturing to children, involve all the ideas of how you want to live your family life, and they are often passed down from generation to generation. These values can help define behavior in various situations, can help children make good choices, and solidify the bond that families have.  Some psychologists suggest people with conservative political views are more likely to show more respect for authority than those with liberal views.

It’s no secret to conservative political followers that big government will always be a bad thing, that restricting the right to bear arms could be detrimental to the country, our children, and our grandchildren, and that having a robust ready-military always the right decision.   Without instilling these family values and viewpoints that our parents and grandparents taught us, what would the country look like for each generation after us?

Experts say that to pass down your family values, especially on relevant topics like politics, government, and opinions on what’s happening around the world, that communication, sharing information (books, websites), explaining thought processes, and healthy debates are essential.  A yet powerful way to start family communication and discussions like these can be as simple as eating dinner together every night, because as they say, “Families who eat together, stick together.”

Now more than ever it’s important to instill in children the sense of forming their own opinions and to listen to their own moral compass, using what we’ve taught them as a starting point rather than going with the flow of a loud crowd, or cracking under peer pressure.  As President Roosevelt said, “We may not be able to prepare the future for our children, but we can at least prepare our children for the future.”

About Katherine Rez

For many years Katherine spent her much of her time journaling for fun, reading books, and writing several short stories for adults, and children. She eventually found herself in a career writing high-level processes and procedures for corporate and startup businesses. Combined with her love of health, American values, and family, she now writes for a variety of websites from health and entertainment, to news and politically driven websites.

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  1. Katherine, I agree with you that it is important that parents work hard to share fundamental values with their children. And I agree that mealtimes are a good place to start. In fact, when I was a child, my parents would always ask us kids what we learned at school each day. If say, we said we learned about Napoleon, my parents would pull out the Encylopedia Brittanica, which we had right next to the dinner table, and expand on what we learned by sharing a few facts from it. I have to say that by having our parents take an ACTIVE interest in what we learned, we learned to value learning itself in ways that our friends did not. And as our careers later proved, that learning paid off big-time.

    I am not so sure what you mean by “conservative family values,” however. For example, it appeared as if the objection to peanut butter in schools is something trivial and somehow annoying. And yet, we know now that some kids can go into a physical shock just from the smell of peanuts! Isn’t a “conservative value” something which means that we should respect each other’s health — even if it means that we have to be inconvenienced by such respect at times?

    You also speak of big government as if it was a bad thing. While we can agree on waste in government being a bad thing, is the idea itself of big government so bad? For example, other countries that are more socially advanced than us here in the U.S. greatly value a universal health system. They wouldn’t give it up for anything. In fact, some even consider it a constitutional right. Canadians now have a longer lifespan than us Americans. And it isn’t because of better eating habits, more yoga classes or better genes. It is because of better healthcare. And they do it far cheaper than we do in the USA. But they pay higher taxes to do it which also go to other safety net programs that help their citizens in ways that we don’t here. Like I say, they wouldn’t trade that those programs for our abysmal systems. Canadians, along with most Europeans, look out for each other in ways that make them healthier, both physically and financially. And as a dual US/Canadian citizen who spent years alternately living in both countries, I can attest to that fact.

    While it is important to share our values with our offspring, we have to make sure that we also share with them the ideas of other countries that have better ways of doing things. We have to be especially careful of the lies that we are bombarded with on conservative media and how we might be susceptible to such lies. Consider this:

    It is something that all conservatives need to read. It is that important.

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