Everyone has an opinion on the new “Obamacare” policy. Many working-class Americans worry that the act will, instead of making health care more affordable for them, make it impossible to pay other bills. Others are concerned that, with the advent of the act, it will be more difficult than ever before to acquire the care that they need. Still others are relieved by an act that will make it possible to get care that they might previously have been denied.
No more restrictions because of preexisting conditions…but much more difficulty in paying the other bills. No more worrying about what will happen if there’s an accident…but much more worry about what will happen if they can’t pay their electric bills…or their grocery bills. Opinions are different depending on income, status, and the needs of the individual family, as well as their ability to see beyond themselves to the needs of others around them.
Do you talk about it with your kids?
What about the government shutdown? Do your kids understand what it will mean to them? Does it affect them?
Obviously, military families—as usual—are on the front lines of this particular difficulty. Their children are well aware of the shutdown, how it could impact them, and the reasons for it. But what about other families?
Do you discuss politics with your kids?
Do you share your views, and keep them informed? Or do you allow them to remain ignorant of the world around them, secure in their innocence for just a little bit longer? Do you talk about the reasons behind the shutdown—what it is hoping to accomplish, and the reasons why it was chosen? Do they understand what’s going on around them?
Or do you hold your silence, keep your opinions to yourself, and go about your regularly scheduled day?
As a homeschooling parent, you have the unique opportunity to allow your child access to this information from your perspective. You can guide them to the conclusions you want them to reach, or you can choose not to share information with them. Just make sure that you plan your lessons out ahead of time—because what they don’t hear from you, they may well be hearing on the television, on the radio, or from other sources.