Politics for 10 Year Olds?

It’s been one month today since my mom passed away. I had my moment of breakdown when I heard a sad song on the radio. My good intentions of making it to the gym today didn’t happen. Oh well, there’s always tomorrow. Yep, I’ve been saying that for a month. I know she wouldn’t want me to dwell in sorrow the rest of my life. I have to pick myself back up and get on with my life. I’m trying, I really am.

Today I started catching up on my scrapbooking. I need to catch up over the winter. Today started on our vacation to Maui from last December. My husband and I renewed our wedding vows for our 20 year anniversary, so I have TONS of pictures. I didn’t have a lot of time, so I only got a few pages done, but it was good to get started. I have fantastic scrapbooks for every year of my daughters life, so I hope she loves them when she is an adult because I have so few pictures when I was a kid. I haven’t even started 2018, so I better get going before it is 2019!

On the way home from school today, my daughter told me an interesting story about recess with her bestie. I took her with me to vote yesterday and she accidentally wore the “I voted” sticker on her jacket today. Her friend asked if she went to vote with me and asked who I voted for. She said she didn’t know (although she did). Thankfully she is smart enough not to discuss politics – I taught her well. The friend said she knew who her parents voted for (it was the opposite of who we voted for). Hailey wanted to drop the subject, but the friend persisted and asked if her parents (us) were glad that “so-and-so” won. Hailey got really uncomfortable, but the kid wouldn’t shut up. I told her if she brings it up again, she should tell her friend that you don’t discuss politics or religion – ever, unless you want to get in a fight. Then I told her about something I saw on facebook that said it doesn’t matter who won the election, what matters most is what happens in YOUR house, not the White House. This is what we need to teach our children, and apparently other adults. I was disappointed that the parents of Hailey’s friend apparently had so much impact on their 10 year old that this child was bugging the crap out of Hailey on the playground about politics. At one point she said that one side sucked! I won’t say which side because I’m not going to state my political views here. I’ve only met the mother once when she dropped off the friend for a playdate, so I don’t want to judge, but 10 year old have no need to know anything about politics.

Additionally, I think the ads on TV are ridiculous. They spend more time bashing each other than telling us what they are going to do for us. This doesn’t put them in a positive light in my eyes. If anything it makes them just as bad as the candidate they are bashing. These days in politics, it has really come down to the lesser of two evils, if you ask me. They rarely live up to their promises anyhow. I think they all stink. My vote will go to the first man or woman who gives stay-at-home moms an income. Who’s with me?