Let’s Not Talk Politics in My Household, Okay?

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We don’t talk politics in our household.

I understand that it is an election year, and talking openly about issues is important. But hear me out.

My husband and I have been married for 10 years, and together for 13 years. We have never once discussed politics. For us, our political opinions are personal decisions and we would never try to sway one or the other to suit our own beliefs. We each have our opinions (strong ones), and sometimes they align and sometimes they do not.

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To be honest, I also rarely engage in conversations about politics with anyone outside my home. Part of my reason is that I don’t want to be defined by my political choices.

Another part is I am well aware that I’m not versed enough in politics and I don’t feel I have a fully educated opinion when it comes to political matters.

Most importantly, my husband and I don’t talk about politics around our children. This is HUGE for us. In our opinion, our 7 and 9-year-olds have no need to have political opinions. I also know that they are hearing a lot about politics outside our home whether we want them to or not.

It is heart-wrenching to us when our children come home and make political statements based on what they heard at school from another child. Another child, who most likely only repeated what they heard their parents say, rather than forming their own informed opinions.

I’m not saying politics have no place in conversations with our youth, but with both of my children not even being a decade old, there IS NO PLACE FOR POLITICS IN THEIR LIFE RIGHT NOW!

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I do want my kids to understand how politics work before they form opinions about parties, candidates, and hot-button political issues. We’ve begun introducing general themes around elections to both of our kids, but to be clear- at no point have we shared which political nominees we are leaning towards. I’ve seen family members and friends tear each other apart on social media, arguing about their political views. My family has used that as a learning experience with our kids to teach them that everyone has different opinions and that’s ok.

That it isn’t ok to call friends and family names because they believe differently (or even view the world differently). 

The question now is, “What is age-appropriate political information”? And truth be told I don’t know. I think it’s a household decision, and one that will vary widely. But I do know that in my household right now isn’t the time to talk politics. I do want my children to have a basic understanding because I never did. I want them to have that in due time though. Right now… let them just be kids. Let them stay out of the badgering that is going back and forth between once tight-knit families.

At the end of the day, I am me, and you are you. And I believe that my children should not know anything more about politics than if someone is a kind person, a generous person, a loving person.

Let's Not Talk Politics in My Household, Okay?

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Halie is a Vermonter born and raised, with a passion for travel, beauty, style, and life. She currently resides on the eastern side of the state with her husband and two kids (a hockey-focused son and a ballet-loving daughter.) She attended Colby-Sawyer College and Philadelphia University, then returned to Colby-Sawyer where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. Her family has a running joke that Halie was on her own version of Amazing Race (selecting a college edition.) While she loves to visit cities, she discovered that she can’t live in one! She best describes herself as quirky and sometimes awkward, constantly looking to learn, a makeup and skincare enthusiast, and also an avid lover of coffee, tea, local craft beers, ice cream, HGTV, and basically anything that sparks joy! She is ridiculously comfortable in her own shoes (probably because she ditched heels!) You can find more about her on her blog, Our Small Life Home.

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