Does your politics affect your parenting ?

Charlie - posted on 07/25/2011 ( 20 moms have responded )

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See the chart .

Can your politics be seen in the way you parent?

Left vs. Right (World), an infographic from David McCandless and Stefanie Posavec's book, The Visual Miscellaneum, lays out some differences in the ways liberals and conservatives raise their families.

According to their intricate diagram, parents who are politically conservative bring a tough love approach to parenting that's based on respect and fear. They focus on building character and creating self reliant adults by teaching moral strength and self discipline. In contrast, the parent-child dynamic found in the homes of liberal parents is based on respect and trust, and the goal is to raise children who can reach their full potential. The skills and values that liberal parents impart are self-nurturing, openness, empathy, and self-examination.

Where do these different parenting styles lead? As adults, the children of conservatives gravitate towards rural lifestyles and professions such as law enforcement, finance, and business. Adult children of liberal parents prefer cities and tend to become scientists, teachers, architects, professors, and media professionals.

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JuLeah - posted on 07/25/2011

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I strive for respect and trust. We have too much fear in this world. Fear is the root of all evil in my opinion. No good choice is made from a place of fear. Fear and Faith can not exist in the same moment and time, in fact, I think in every moment we make a choice - fear or faith (love) ... so, while I am not thinking about the elections as I parent, I am thinking about the kind of person I will unleash on the world ... I really don't want her to be fear based and fear based is how I understand most on the right to live

Amber - posted on 07/27/2011

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I don't think it really has to do with a rich/poor thing as much as a overall importance of different values thing.



The way it was explained in my US Politics class is this:



Conservatives want limited economic infringement by the government but desire more laws that will require people to behave according to a specific moral code.



Liberals want limited infringement on the allowed behaviors of people but desire more laws to require businesses to act by a certain set of moral codes.



Conservatives truly believe, that by behaving by a set of morals and leaving the businesses to the laws of supply and demand, everybody has an equal opportunities to make their way to the top.



Liberals truly believe that businesses must be restricted and the people must be allowed to make their own set of morals, and this will allow everybody the same opportunities.



So, same end goal...but incredibly different paths to get there.





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By the way, I'm not saying that this is true for every person or that they all agree of feel this way. I'm just saying that this is how I learned it, according to the studies of both groups behavior by "experts". lol

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I totally do not fit on that chart. I see characteristics of myself and husband and our parenting style on both sides of the chart. You can't put anyone in a nice neat chart like that.

Amber - posted on 07/25/2011

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I'm in the US and I agree with their overall generalization...but I think it really is just that, an overall generalization.



Unless you are in a die hard conservative household or die hard liberal household...it's unlikely that you'll fit into one of these boxes. And I really don't think that very many people fit into those categories...it's much more of a gray area for most people.



I, like many others that I know, am like Kelly. Some issues I fall conservative (usually economic issues), while others I fall liberal (usually social policy).



So, overall I'm a pretty liberal person, but my career is in business accounting and management and I live in the country. I strive for respect, trust, and love in my parent-child relationship.

But my brother, who was raised in the same household as I was, is pursuing engineering and lives in the city. He takes a more authoritarian and dominating view towards parenting.



They don't call us the melting pot for no reason....*shrugs*

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Amber - posted on 07/27/2011

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Jakki~ Ummmm......I have no idea :) haha
It might be easier to explain in terms of big stores or companies that they know? As they get older, they'll get the bigger picture. But at those ages, sticking to something really simple might help.

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Amber I liked your descriptions of liberal vs conservatives - but how do you tell your kids all that? I struggle to explain what the word "economy" means to them (nb my kids are 6, 9 and 10).

Rosie - posted on 07/27/2011

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this chart fits me ALMOST perfectly right now. a year ago i was more into the conservative type of parenting.
of course i'm generalizing, but those on COM that are extreme right wingers usually tend to have those qualities. and those who tend to go with the love and logic approach are generally more liberal. but yeah, of course not everyone is going to fit into this perfectly.

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I've found it a bit hard to try to simplify the political divide when I explain things to my kids. I've said to them "right wing = people who want to run the country in the interests of the rich, left wing = people who want to run the country in the interests of the poor". What do you think of that?

Amber - posted on 07/26/2011

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@JuLeah~ I also know quite a few self labeled right wing conservatives. My SO actually considers himself conservative. Few of them are fear based. I also know a few liberals who ARE fear based.
That's why I said it's an overall generalization....very few fit in the box.

JuLeah - posted on 07/26/2011

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@ Cathy ... fear is the key. Now, I don't know everyone in this country. I have only my view point.

I do know many many self labeled 'right wingers' and they are ALL fear based.

Amanda - posted on 07/26/2011

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Im a liberal but this is how I raise my children minus the fear.

"parents who are politically conservative bring a tough love approach to parenting that's based on respect and fear. They focus on building character and creating self reliant adults by teaching moral strength and self discipline."

Charlie - posted on 07/26/2011

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Hmmm people were much more offended by this in the facebook comments , not that I want to offend anyone I just found the reaction very interesting.

Firebird - posted on 07/26/2011

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I'm an Anarchist, so... I hope not! lol No I really don't think my political stance is shown in how I parent. We're very "liberal" about many things and "conservative" about other things. In my house I strive for balance above all, I think.

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I agree with the statistics, but I do not fit them. I tend to parent more in line with liberal politic people's beliefs and styles, but my political views tend to be more conservative. That said, my hubby calls me a "fringe person" because I am very passionate about a few political issues, and I happen to take different sides on several of them, being very, very conservative minded on some views, then very, very liberally minded on others--makes it difficult at election time, because I can both strongly agree and strongly disagree with almost every candidate, depending on the issue being discussed :P

Charlie - posted on 07/25/2011

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I think our politics is quiet different although there are some similarities , we certainly do not have the hoopla and fanfare that the US politics has not to the same degree anyway .

I am fascinated by it all and just wonder whether our American counterparts agree with COM view .

Stifler's - posted on 07/25/2011

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I actually couldn't tell you whether I was right or left wing bahaha I have some traits of both.

Stifler's - posted on 07/25/2011

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I don't even follow politics. The only thing politicians in this country talk about is boat people issues vs. carbon tax.

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