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.”