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  Politically Incorrect Parenting: Are You Raising a Leftist?

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Posted on February 5 2011 5:00 pm
Rhonda Robinson is part of NewsReal's editorial team. As a columnist, Rhonda has provided readers with thoughtful insight into social, political, and parenting issues since 1995.

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And yet, there is a grain of truth here that shouldn’t be discarded. It is part of our job as parents to teach children how to get a hold of their emotions. They are young, and emotions are raw and can be overwhelming. I don’t know any adult that wants to be at the mercy of his or her feelings. Helping a child learn to navigate strong emotions is part of our parental responsibility.

Just as important is teaching our children right from wrong. Billy has to learn that it is wrong to blame others for his own misfortune. To cry, and try to get his brother in trouble, in an attempt to level the playing field is not a trait you want him to take into adulthood–unless of course, you’re following Alinsky rules for parenting.

It’s not hard to find this scenario playing itself out in the adult world. The notion that someone is poor, only because someone else is rich or that you don’t have a job because some CEO got a huge bonus, is a common leftist tactic disguised as an effort to make it all “fair.” In reality its used to spread discontent, anger and envy.

No mother wants to see her children suffer, even if it’s only in a game of “Sorry.” Our maternal nature is to kiss it and make it better. There is a time and place for that. Children will fall down, and get scrapes and they need someone there to make it better.

But making “it” better is seldom the best answer in the grown-up world. The parent that understands that the world is not fair, and life is filled with disappointments, will dust off his child’s knees when he falls, teach him to strengthen his legs and how to get up when he is not around.

The parent that tries to create a world around his child that is fair, and free from risk is creating a life of unrealistic expectations.

What are you teaching your children? Are you nurturing in your children the character traits they will need as adults?

Before you hit the comment button to scold me for politicizing children, and dividing Americans, understand that I am not suggesting that how you register to vote determines whether or not you are a good parent.

Rather, I’m challenging you to consider this: parenting is passing down your belief system to the next generation. Political leaning is rooted in how we view and manage the human condition. How you govern your household, teaches children lessons in life. It’s up to you which lessons you want them to learn.

Are you inadvertently reenforcing the leftist style parenting ideology that pervades many of the youth activities today? Where winners and losers are a thing of the past. Or are you making a conscious effort to instill traditional Western values of perseverance in the face of adversity?

So, what kind of parent are you?

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