My children have become obsessed with the election.
I'm not kidding. They know when the candidates are on t.v. and know their names. *A* talks about them on a regular basis. We aren't crazy-political people, but we are excited about this election and I guess my super-observant daughter has picked up on some things. I suppose I should be non-partisan with my children and not encourgage one side or another but I really didn't think I was going to have to do that this early in their lives.
Even (H) who is new to this talking thing tries to have conversations about him. This was what happened tonight while sitting on the couch flipping though the channels with him...
As I pass a channel with football:
Then I pass a channel with 2 men talking:
A commercial for Chili's:
Next we breeze by a car race:
I'm flipping quickly now because we're into the news channels and we pass MSNBC:
So I flip back real quick and there's Obama getting off a plane. I affirm his knowledge and then keep changing channels. Then (H) says "Obama" again and starts waving (because what do politicians do when they get off planes? They wave.) Finally, he says "Obama, outside". Yes, he was. Should a 21 month old be this concerned about an election?
What about a 3 and a half year old?
The other day she randomly walked in the room and asked: "Mommy, is Barack Obama our hero?" I know she doesn't quite understand the role of a president, so this was her best guess. If only we could all be so optimistic and full of hope.
All this to say, go vote. If not for your own sake, for my children's sake who's political views have to wait another 15+ years to be counted.