Kids align themselves with politics as a status of belonging. Very rarely do you see little kids interested in politics. If interest does arise, it usually happens towards the end of high school or upon the baptism of collegiate social realms. When kids turn into young adults, they will strive to know who they are without mom and dad. More specifically, they want to know where they belong now that they really don’t belong at home, or at least that is what society can portray.
Who are they and what is there cause? As with all children, they don’t like being told how to think, what to say, or how to act. Regardless of how much we may guide, the desire for individualism will arise to some degree. This is of itself not an unhealthy thing. However, without the correct preparation, it can also spell out the most regretful times in a young person’s life in retrospect. Whether you are a young or older parent, take some time to think back at the ideas you had when you were of college-age. Think about things you said and did. Ponder a bit about the arguments that you had.
After you have had your cringe moment, it is time to read on. I don’t know many adults that don’t have those eye-rolling sensations about their young adult days. Your kids will most likely have the same. So what can we do to minimize the pain, disgrace, and feelings of remorse? This will depend on your communication relationship. Whether you are right or wrong, many times a parent’s ideas, suggestions, or statements can be met with resistance because it is not their own.
During this time, politics can present them with a choice. This choice is in their mind, totally their own. However, if they do not have a heart and mind of discernment, they can get caught up in ideas, causes, and even relationships that can be unhealthy. The best example that I can give you of this matter is one of dissent or protest.
Once they are 18, they are given a voice, a vote. Many of them take their “say” as very important. They may align themselves with issues that have a strong social following. Although this game uses recruitment and group dynamics, your child may associate it as an individual choice. Dissent and protest in of itself is not a bad thing. Unfortunately, there are masses of young people involved in these activities that have not done their homework. They only know generalized ideas that ultimately make them look stupid. A small example of this could be college students protesting a conservative speaker’s event…calling him a nazi while he religiously wears a yamaka.
Let’s take the 2018 March for Our Lives. This took place in response to “Gun Violence” stirred by the tragic events of recent school shootings. However, upon studying this group and the true nature of its participants, it may interest individuals to know the following:
According to Professor Dana R. Fisher of the University of Maryland and the author of American Resistance, only 12% of the crowd was new to protesting. That indicates that 88% were experienced protestors. Upon further review, 79% of the crowd was female. Of that dynamic, 89% were left-leaning or claimed to have voted for Clinton in the 2016 election.
If those numbers and percentages mean little to you, observe the matter closer. Some may say that 79% of a crowd being female is not significant. I would disagree, but consider the fact that the Women’s March of 2017 was 85% female. Why is that significant? Well, when the majority of the crowd states that they are marching against Trump instead of “Women Rights”, the cause appears to be misleading.
Back to the March for Our Lives, of the 12% who were new protestors, it was reported that 56% were inspired to march for “peace”, another 42% stated they were marching against Trump. Only 60% of the veteran protestors claimed to be marching for “Gun Control”. The remainder reported strongly to be protesting Trump. This means that 40% of the participants had another agenda other than gun control, but were using the platform of those inspired by gun violence to promote their own cause.
If we want to go deeper into the findings, examine the source of the data. Who is she? What are her affiliations? Do those affiliations have any bias to the cause of any particular party?
This is not to support or criticize any particular affiliation or agenda. It is, however, a thought process, that if taught to young people, may steer them clear from making uneducated statements or affiliations. This holds true even if the critique is of those that you have supported in the past. Kids that turn into young adults need to be taught to examine ideas, groups, studies, and agendas. If they would do so, I would whole-heartedly support their independence and desire to make a difference. They need to be heard. They are the future, therefore it is so imperative that we discuss such matters while they are at home.
Kids need to make decisions. They need to be heard. However, by encouraging our kids to truly study, they will be a more vital part of making change and progress in their futures. Be the best dad possible. Show them how. For further information about teaching discernment, please check out