I swear I never know what will come out of my son’s mouth these days. It continues to amaze me just HOW much he soaks up and retains.
For example, when the election took place, I was amazed at his emphatic passion for what was going on around him. I try to never talk politics, as many out there do enough of it already for the majority of us. I may put a little blurb on a blog here or there, but I’m not one of those people, who are loud with their policies/political beliefs.
I especially did not tell my son who I felt would make a better President in this last election, as how could anyone know that or see the future? I did tell him who I was voting for, because he asked me, but would never run down the other candidate, as that’s not how I’m made. PLUS why impose that on a five year old. What I did give him was knowledge on the electoral process, and what the voting process looked like. This was back in August of 2008 when he was asking about the whole concept of voting and how/why it worked. If he’s old enough to ask, he’s old enough for the truth.
As the election came closer, he heard from his classmates their input on each candidate. They even had a mock election, giving them choices to vote for Red or Blue. Red, which stood for McCain, won that day in school. He was excited that he chose the color that won. I congratulated him on voting and left it at that, because it’s about his power to choose! I was proud of him.
When Obama won the office of President, my son was sad. The parents ideals and their philosophies had filtered down to their children and gave my son the impression that Obama equalled bad. And he knew his parents had voted for McCain too. I had to express to him that we respected the office of the President, no matter WHO held the office. I had to share with him, that even though mommy didn’t vote for Obama, I was excited for the new era whether it was my choice candidate or not. I told him that the exciting part about it is was the power of the American people, and their votes.
I wanted to give him hope that President Obama would make good choices on our behalf. That’s my job as a parent to instill hope in my child … to lighten the big stuff … to keep him from being overwhelmed with things that he can not control.
His response? (Keep in mind, he tells people he’s 4 and 3 quarters old when they ask his age – he’s a very specific kid)
“Mom, it doesn’t matter…because when I’m 9 and 3 quarters, we’ll vote again and have another President.”
I couldn’t believe that my ‘every four years we have an election‘ talk, FROM AUGUST was still retained in that little sponge of a brain in November.
With my son, I tried to stay in the middle on this whole topic, because I don’t want to encourage discrimination for either party – Rep or Dem – because my husband and I aren’t straight party Repubs. We look at each candidate as a potential selection based on their own policies and performance in office. BUT I let his comment stand on it’s own, because it was his opinion and I respected that. I respect him for trying to formulate his own ideas and sticking to his guns. For 5 almost 6 (5.75), he thinks so many big things through!!
Today when my husband called to check on him, as we’re both home sick. He ended his conversation with my DH….”Okay dad, work smart!”
I could tell my husband wasn’t sure of what he said, b/c he had to repeat himself….”you know…work smart while you’re there to make your money” He’s a funny little kid with a big man’s mind.
I can’t believe in 9 short days, I’m going to have a 6 year old on my hands. A wonderfully created, ingenius and funny, creative and highly social child, who loves with all his heart. I only worry that he loves too much, BUT there’s no such thing as loving too much.
Have a great day all and thank God for all your blessings….especially your children!