Political Children's Books

User - posted on 10/13/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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I'm new to this forum, so I apologize if this has already been brought up. I received this link today: http://littledemocrats.net/ and was wondering what other moms thought about the content of these books. My initial reaction was to be absolutely horrified. Thoughts?

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User - posted on 10/14/2009

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I suppose what bothers me most is that as parents we are responsible for teaching our children values and exposing them to a variety of ideas. Imagine if we were still teaching the topic of slavery from just the white man's point of view! The point is that kids learn what they are exposed to. If as parents we don't expose our children to a variety of view points, how can we expect them to become informed critical thinkers?

These books put forth as fact what is actually really opinion. To say that only Democrats care about people is beyond absurd, it's dangerous! It discourages people from honest and open discourse and only serves to further divide our nation.

Certainly this man is free to write what he chooses. That's the great thing about this Country! I just hope that parents are able to honestly and critically read and dissect this book (as they should every book, show, activity...their child is exposed to) for bias, stereotyping, and flat out lies!

Amie - posted on 10/14/2009

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Joy the reason I disagree with them is not the fact that they are political but how they portray the message.

Ex.
Sometimes the earth feels a little sick.
Democrats make it feel better again.

Democrats make sure everyone plays by the rules,
Just like mommy does.

Democrats give police officers and firefighters the tools they need to do their jobs.

Democrats make sure we are always safe,
Just like mommy does.

Democrats make sure schools have great teachers.

Democrats make sure we share all our toys,
Just like mommy does.

Those are examples taken out of the books:
Why mommy is a Democrat and Why daddy is a democrat.

That is so over the top. It is good to educate your children so they see all sides and can make their own informed choices when they reach of age. These books are not doing that though. It is a clear shot at republicans and undermines everything they do to help as well.

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Amie - posted on 10/14/2009

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Think about it from the flip side. If republicans had books like these printed, with a clear bias claiming they were the only ones doing good?
Would Liberals not be offended and outraged?

JL - posted on 10/14/2009

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I have a 6 year old child who is actually curious about politics. She knows mommy is a volunteer for the Democratic party and used to teach polisci. She knows I actively participate during elections..calling and canvassing. She knows I finding voting to be a very important part of citizenship.



I have told her that it is her duty to become an informed citizen, know what is going on, and to vote when she is old enough. She has gone with me everytime I vote because not only do I want her to see firsthand mommy voting but because as she has gotten older she has asked to come along. She finds it exciting and she asks lot and lots of questions about who I voted for, what bills are on the ballots, what party I belong to, and why. I tell her who I vote for her. I explain in simple terms the reasons why I vote for them and why I identity myself more as a Liberal Democrat than anything else.



I don't indoctrinate her but I openly answer her and I am proud that she is so interested in voting and politics. She knows the names and can identify the president, vice president, secretary of state, secretary of defense, and the speaker of the house. I want her to be knowledgeable so that she will be an informed and active participant when she is an adult. I can see how these books could perhaps help those who have children who are curious about their parents political affiliations and such. But I do hope they are presented as a way to inform and explain rather than a way of making a child feel as if they are expected to be Democrats and vote Democrat when they are older.



My daughters curiousity during the presidential election process was hieghtened to the point that she asked for and read a childrens book written about Obama and a childrens book written about McCain, but then again my daughter also reads those chapter readers at Barnes and Nobles that are about famous and important historical figures.

Amie - posted on 10/13/2009

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Quoting Laura:

That is pretty awful...why anyone would want to bore their children to death with their politics is beyond me...then again, I've also seen childrens' books about evolution being a myth so...I guess to each their own.


That's also just as wrong. =|

Amie - posted on 10/13/2009

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ROFL!!! Wow that is so friggin wrong. Way to go dems... that is something I do not agree with at all. Don't care what side of the fence you sit on, it's wrong.

Christa - posted on 10/13/2009

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I agree to each their own, but I wouldn't touch a political book for my child with a ten foot pole. I think you need to teach you kids values and let them decide how those values correspond to political ideals later in life.

Isobel - posted on 10/13/2009

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That is pretty awful...why anyone would want to bore their children to death with their politics is beyond me...then again, I've also seen childrens' books about evolution being a myth so...I guess to each their own.

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