Teach your children well

At Prawfs, Sonja West and Paul Horwitz both talk about the world that we introduce to our children in the wake of Obama’s election, let me share the following:

My wife and I decided to tell our almost-three-year-old daughter about Obama this morning, mainly because we were so excited about it. My wife explained that the country had chosen a new “boss” (give us a break, we were talking to a 3-year-old), a man named Barack Obama, who seemed like a very nice man who believed in many of the things we do, including tzedakah (the Hebrew word for righteousness, which includes within it concepts such as charity and justice, and something that they talk about in her pre-school). We then told her that Obama showed that she could be anything she wants when she grows up; she responded that she wants to be a teacher. Tonight at bed time, she brought up that Mommy had told her she could be the boss or she could be a teacher when she grows up. I agreed that she could be whatever she wants to be and do whatever she wants to do. Her response:

“OK, when I grow up, I want to be Barack Obama.”

So do I, Lily. So do I.

You may also like...

2 Responses

  1. A.J. Sutter says:

    I hope you are right, and of course it’s great to encourage your daughter. But Obama’s election makes a better case that any little boy can be whatever he wants to be and do whatever he wants to do, at least in the US. In the meantime, you might also tell your daughter about Tzipi Livni.

  2. Scott Moss says:

    My daughter Piper is 3 and a half, just old enough that she recognized Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and John McCain as the people who might be president. In a way, I think Clinton was right about her candidacy, despite its second-place showing, helping shatter the glass ceiling; my daughter’s first memory of “people who could be president” were one elderly white guy, a woman, and an African-American man.”

    I also think that with the number of high-profile political women exploding in the past 6 years or so, I easily could see muleiple serious female candidates the next time there’s a primary — on the dem side, Claire McCaskill, Amy Klobuchar, Janet Napolitano, and Kathleen Sebelius all were very impressive in speaking out nationally this past election, and any could be a very plausible canaidate. In other words, I think we’re past the days when there was at most one pioneering woman per primary who could be a longshot candidate (Pat Schroeder ’88, Elizabeth Dole 2000, etc.).