Unless you live under a rock, you’ve likely been bombarded by news reports and commentary on last night’s Republican presidential debate. Every where you turn, someone’s talking about what happened, who won/lost and what they said.
None of that is on my mind today. Don’t get me wrong, I have some thoughts and choice words about a few of the candidates but I’ll spare you the details.
So, last night my wife and I were hanging out and our son came down to see us and say, “hey, are you guys watching this?” Not sure what he was talking about we asked him to clarify and he indicated that he was upstairs watching the debate. I was shocked … I had no clue that the debate was something he was interested in.
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I’m a news junkie and an avid public radio listener. I have a degree in Political Science and during my college years, I would read 3 newspapers every day (one local and two national, including one in French). All these years later, I’m still as interested and read articles from a variety of sources just to keep up on what’s happening locally and around the globe.
It seems that all the times I took my son to hockey and had our local NPR station on the radio had an impact on him. He was listening and soaking it all in!
Both my wife and I have had some conversations about the presidential election with our son and it’s amazing to watch him process what he’s hearing from the prospective candidates and forming his own opinions.
At the end of the day, I want all of my children to have their own opinion. Exposing them to various news sources, engaging them in conversations about the issues and providing them the tools and opportunities they need to be informed about the world they live in is critical.
As we get closer to the presidential primaries, I look forward to watching the process unfold with my son. I know we’ll have some great conversations based on some of his comments on last night’s GOP debate!
We already share a passion for all things hockey and now we get to add politics to the list.