Remember the bizarro world of Footloose (this one, not that one) where dancing and rock music was banned in some small town because kids died in a rock-music-fueled car accident? Admittedly, today’s news out of New York City is a cat of a different color: New York City has established a list of words that are now banned from school standardized tests. And when you read this list, even if you’re the type of dude that often sides with The Man, you may just start packing your bags for Newt’s moon base.
With the news that Osama Bin Laden is dead, and all of the general “America, eff yeah” ballyhoo that’s going on, now’s a great time to father-up and talk to your kids about world events. It’s been a rough year for international politics, and chances are your kid’s got more questions than you can answer. The one thing you’ve got to consider, however, is the age old saying – if you don’t talk to your kids, somebody else will.
As a father, your kid (hopefully) looks up to you with unwavering trust and the kind of respectful awe that’s usually reserved for superheroes. Whether or not you’ve got all the answers, you’ve got a responsibility to talk to your kids about the world. I can’t tell you what you need to tell your kids about the international this-n-that of the world – but if you yourself are confused, or are politically middle-of-the-road like I am, you’re going to want to teach your kid that he doesn’t need to have an opinion on things, and more importantly, that as always, haters gonna hate.
SPOILER ALERT, 8BitDad doesn’t have the answers either.