In one of our local school dist. the teachers union has started striking today. The pictures of the strike show a lot of children holding signs (including one of my 7 year old neice) Would you allow your child to protest for something, even if they were not old enough to understand what the strike was about?
My niece things the school dist should just pay the teachers more, that they are great teachers. I know she doesnt understand everything that is being negotiated, and I think my sister is wrong for allowing a child so young to be a part of this.
Molly, Morgan, Mia and Carson
Yep, I'd allow my children to protest with me even if they didn't understand the reasons behind it as much as I did. I think so much can be learned about standing up for what you believe in and doing it in a peaceful and respectful manner, even at a young age. I also think supporting those you love and helping them in a cause they believe in is a wonderful act of love and compassion.
I think its great! No different than having them hold bibles or say prayers or attend sunday school when they have no idea what it really means or is about. I actually regret that we are not more active with protesting with our children......and hope to be once they are older!
I totally remember picketing with my mom as a kid when her union was on strike and I don't have a problem with it (and I totally didn't understand the issues). You teach your kids to value what you value.
Honestly, though, I think many of the picketing kids are there because otherwise they would need a sitter, as opposed to the parents making a purposeful effort to teach their kids about civil rights and whatnot. Especially in work place strikes. That's why I was there
Meh. I'm not a fan of that (I'm also not a fan of t shirts on kids about what political party they support). I'm okay with bringing them...just not the holding a sign in protest. I wouldn't be all up in arms about it though. Just that I wouldn't do it.
Personally, and this is very personally, I don't equate religious education with it. I like to think of rel. ed as giving my child a background and history similar to regular school. It's also nice to start a relationship with the community in a different fashion. I don't believe (again personally) that this is indoctrination but that's also because I really don't agree 100% with the Church so we would be supplementing that info at home.
Mom to E and C
Except that "regular school" is about ......education......and religious education is about .....religion. Assuming you pick one religion to introduce or indocrinate them to, even if you then undermine the tenants of that actual religion at home.....it seems confusing. To me at least.
I really believe in teaching my kids to understand what we personally believe ~ I mean, isn't that what parenting is? So why wouldn't I share my political or ethical or religious standards with my kids? At what age would it be "okay"? 12? 20?
That's why I said it was personal to me. Much like when we had them baptized. It was mostly just tradition to me.
Sharing my political thoughts, spiritual thoughts etc. are great and I don't think you should not share it. It helps kids to form their own opinions. Putting an "I'm a Democrat" onesie on a 6 month old is just icky to me. Having your 6 year old, 8 year old hold a sign fighting for something they don't understand...also icky to me.
Having a talk about why you think the particular reason for whatever protest you are supporting is important is a great idea.
Mom to E and C
Yeah, I think that I'm with you now that I get what you mean. We baptized our kids in the Catholic church (which we no longer attend) but by the time it came to our third it felt silly.........we just didn't want to support that church, but felt that our fat cutie deserved the same party and ceremony that the others got
I won't put political or religious or even things that say "GAP" on my kids, generally. I don't need them to be tiny walking billboards, so Iknow what you mean. Then again, I saw photos of Robins daughter holding up signs in the Occupy Boston movement and it made me proud for them......they are sharing their values with their children. They will also allow their children to make their own decisions regarding values whenever they choose. We drive by McDonalds and if my kids see it they say "McDonalds is GROSS!" because, well, I guess they heard us say that. That's fine with me. Those are our values.
I find all onesies with messages, be them political or theoretically cute "MY CRIB ROCKS!" to be annoying, so yeah, I'm with you there.
My kids have some sayings and have but I try not to (For example, we had a t shirt that said my dad is rad...it's been a big joke for years as hubby's name is Chad...Chad is rad etc) and my oldest has a shirt with a bee on it saying "Just Beeing Me" that my mom got for her (my mom calls her her bumblebee) but most of the time we don't have anything and definitely try not to put things on them that are our "beliefs".
Robin and her cute kids are always an exception
My kid sees a Dunkin's and yells "COFFEE" lol
Mom to E and C