Will You Watch Obama's State of the Union Speech With Your Kids?

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State of the Union

Are you going to watch the State of the Union? Credit: Barbara Walton, AP

President Barack Obama will deliver his State of the Union Speech tonight at 9 pm EST. I was wondering: Will you watch it with your kids?

I don't remember watching the State of the Union address when I was young. Then again, politics wasn't as volatile back then (which is when dinosaurs walked the Earth, according to my son). When I was reading this morning's news and saw this USA Today story about the President's upcoming speech, I recalled that during the 2008 Presidential Election, my son told me that some of his friends at school were discussing who their parents were voting for. One child said that his dad was voting for John McCain because Obama was "dangerous" and "bad for the country." I was a little surprised to hear such a strong opinion coming from a first grader.

I personally feel that it's important to show children the importance of being politically engaged; voting being the most basic level of involvement. At the same time, I don't know that it's possible at this moment in time for a child to pay attention to politics without feeling as if they have to choose a side. And there's plenty of time for that.

My kids are on the young side. They enjoyed seeing the President appear in a comic book with Spider-Man, but are unlikely to dig hearing him discuss the deficit. But how about you? Will you watch the State of the Union with your kids?

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.