Political debate is tough to avoid right now, and it can very quickly become nasty. Knowing how to handle divisive and even hateful rhetoric with our kids is tough. I wanted to share this wise advice from Brené Brown on how to talk with our kids about political rhetoric that she shared today in a video on her Facebook page.
I really, really liked what she had to say. (Long-time readers will not find this at all surprising, as I’ve written about here before, including here.) Her video resonated with me, and I think it may with you, too.I found her advice helpful and nonpartisan. I also really appreciated that she offered some positivity and hope.
One of my favorite quotes was from her father: “I don’t care what you believe as long as you can back it up and be respectful in your discussion of it.”
I echo her call that we stop vilifying other people, and teaching our kids how to do so by example. Instead, she urges to be proactive in teaching kids that they can have strongly held beliefs and not be rude.
“Our job is to prepare [our kids] to stand their ground for what they believe and to fight for it while being understanding and respectful that there are good people who may even love us and we love who believe something different.” – Brené Brown
I appreciated that she acknowledges that it is not easy and that she herself has experienced “1,000,572 hard moments” in her family, which has members spanning the political spectrum. (Side note: Anyone else feel like they’ve had that many in the past year alone?)
The hard moments don’t mean that it isn’t a positive, though, as her old boss and her daughter have shown her. They both sound very wise, and I’m hoping that there are a lot more of them in our country because we need respectful people right now.
She’s right that this a conversation that needs to be revisited. (I’ve never heard of the one-and-done parenting talk/topic, but when I hit upon it, I promise you’ll be the first to know.) I suspect that there will be many opportunities to visit and revisit this topic repeatedly in the days, weeks, and years ahead.
Here’s to our kids figuring out what they believe base on solid information and being able to defend their stances with both conviction and respect for all.
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