After 4 days of learning about the presidents (well...some of them)....we have placed our ballots in our ballot box and voted for who we thought was the best leader.
Today the kids and I made the White House out of popcicle sticks and made a ballot box. We have had a blast learning about Washington, Jefferson, Monroe, Jackson, Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, FDR, JFK, and, Reagan. Tonight at dinner, Macaiden asked, "daddy, who invented the presidents?" I thought that was a great question. Why do we have presidents? Why do we have leaders? Justin gave him the brief history reason about why it is that we have leaders in our country and expressed how grateful we need to be that we live in this free country... but... that question also got me thinking about so many other things.
We have presidents to carry out the laws passed by Congress as well as to be the Commander and Chief of the military. Now, the kids have always asked who we vote for and we do not tell them. Number one, Justin is a history teacher and we do not want his opinion to get out to the students, and number two, we have told them how people tend to argue a lot over politics...so...I am not going to go into all of that. However, if the president's job is to carry out the laws and be the Commander and Chief, I then thought about the job of us as parents. I want my kids to have their own opinions about politics but I know that it is my job to instill in them morals and beliefs that we as a family have.
I am super grateful that my kids are very open with me (for now anyway). This was something that I was not able to be with my parents. I would always shut down and I never liked to talk to them one on one...I wrote letters instead...not the best way to communicate. I hope that being the Commander and Chief along side Justin, I am able to carry out the laws in our house and show my kids the difference between right and wrong.
We did not go into all of the "wrong doings" that different presidents have done. We did however, address that I would never want to be the president because no matter what I would do there would always be someone who would disapprove of my decision. There would always be a group who thought they could do it better. As a parent, I can say that I am blessed to have a husband who approves of my decisions when it comes to how I want to raise my kids and I feel the same way towards him. We are a joint team and are hoping to instill some good values and beliefs in our babies.
No matter what World War you feel like you are fighting with you kids (and trust me we have them in our house... A LOT)...remember that you are Commander and Chief of your household and your kids respect that, maybe not when they are in trouble, but they will. They love you and are looking for direction.
The president that had the most votes tonight was FDR....Maddie said that she thought he was the best president because he had courage to stand up when no one knew he was paralyzed or had a disease... and he was able to conquer so many things. How true Maddie!! I hope that we can do that today. I am so proud that she got that message on her own and was able to remember that out of all the presidents about which we learned.
My Repurpose for today: Remember my Commander and Chief decisions might not be approved by my kids now but will make a lasting impact....how will I make my decisions today?
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