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That last one though.
you know, i get pedantic with my kids a lot and sort of calmly rant about ideas and behavior and such. people who hear me will often say, “you know they don’t understand you, right?”
see, i disagree.
start before your kids are able to understand. tell them about the things you think are important and why they’re important.
don’t baby talk them. speak normally. if you use big words, keep using big words. encourage them to ask when they don’t understand.
if you see something that you feel is unjust, tell your kids why you think they’re unjust (or better yet, step in and speak for the disenfranchised, even if your words will escape into the ether or maybe get you punched so that your kids grow up understanding that actions speak louder than words). i once saw a guy yelling at a man mopping at mcdonald’s, and he was saying terrible things like, “don’t you speak english? this is america!” and “i can’t believe this town is full of mexicans,” so i stepped over and politely said that if he didn’t want to use an indoor voice, the least he could do was take his ignorant asshole opinions elsewhere and he ought to be ashamed of himself and yeah, my kids were right next to me. no way i would’ve let them miss out on the opportunity to learn that silently standing by and letting a person abuse another was never an okay thing. (the guy just huffed and stalked out, by the way, and yes, the mcD’s staff didn’t let me pay for my food, but that’s really not the point and anyway, i just told my kids that the universe has a way of smiling at you when you do what you know is right but doing what’s right to get free shit just isn’t the way)
somehow i got carried away here but really, the point is talk to your kids if you ever have any. don’t assume they know shit, it’s your job to be their spirit guide and moral compass, man.
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