Do you think the elections are sending mixed messages to our kids about bullying? I do.
This is the last election year I have with my oldest before he’s voting on his own. I have a seven year old who loves to learn about the presidents and democracy. As a parent and teacher, I want to educate the boys on how our government works. I want them to be able to speak intelligently about their opinions and have knowledge to back it up. But, these commercials are making it very hard for me to stay focused. Every time I turn on the TV one of the two candidates have “approved” another message of hate.
“Mom, why do they let them say all that stuff about Barack Obama? He’s the President.”
“Hey, mom! Guess what? I heard on TV today that Barack Obama doesn’t like Mitt Romney either.”
Really, people? Thank you for showing my sweet baby boy that grown men that could potentially run a country can act like complete BULLIES.
We teach our kids to be good sports, route for the other team, cheer on their opponents, and speak kindly to one another. Yet, the two men that are the face of the nation right now promote bullying through their ad campaigns.
I want to hear someone stand up and say something positive about the other guy. That just might win my vote! I do not agree with the tactics that are showing our kids it’s OK to bully! The ads and commercials send a message to our children that spewing hate and lies will win them a presidency! And what about the ads that “twist” the truth just a little, to make a point? Do I want my kids doing that? No. Do I want my president doing that? No.
It’s pretty sad when the message my kids are getting during the 2012 elections is the fact that they must choose from two bullies. They must pick one of the bullies that they think will make a good president.
“It’s the lesser of two evils.”, I try to explain to the kids. I cringe at the message that sends my children!
I try to tell them why I like each candidate, because I want to set an example. It’s hard to fight the fight when the President of The United States isn’t setting an example.
Kids are “black and white”. Unfortunately, politics are grey.
This is Adrienne Bolton, and I approved this message.
How do you handle the commercials, ads, mail and other nonsense? How do you focus on the history and democracy of this great country without being bogged down by all other stuff?