Reading the newspaper and sharing current events with kids


Pretty much every day of the week we have the same routine. Get up, get dressed, come downstairs, make coffee and breakfast, and read the paper. We are still stuck in the dark ages, and get the newspaper delivered. My husband reads all his news online, and I do as well, but there is something about a hot cup of coffee and opening the paper that just screams morning to me.

Soren is now at the age where he is very interested in the news. If you ask him what he thinks about Trump, he'll give you an earful:) Poppy is only three, but she'll pick up on what we are discussing and sometimes ask a few questions or throw in her own two cents. We never have the tv on during breakfast, nor do I check my phone. It's a nice start to our morning to talk, and usually events reported in the newspaper will lead to some interesting conversations.

I'm a little more reserved on what I think the kids need to know about world events, while my husband will pretty much talk to them about anything. A couple of days ago I read about sugar and how it's added to pretty much all packaged foods. This morning when I offered Soren a bowl of cereal, he protested - telling me that cereal is a packaged food and sugar is bad for us. He often understands complex issues that we just brush over, thinking that he's too young to understand.

When I was in high school, I had a world issues teacher who expected us to read the news everyday. He ran his class like a university lecture, and would often start by calling on someone with a question like 'What is your take on the big merger that happened this morning?' If you didn't know the answer, you lost participation marks. At first, I'm sure some of the tenth-graders were a little put off by his tactics, but I had a university prof later operate his class in much the same way. It's good to be aware of what's going on around you. In the work place, so many meetings or conference calls start with 'small talk' about a current event. If I have no clue about what's being talked about, I feel like an idiot.

We do get the occasional raised eyebrow when Soren will join into an adult conversation, but I don't worry about it much. Knowledge is power, and he knows he can talk to us about anything - because we do! As he gets older, I suspect our conversation topics will easily transition into 'serious' talks about drugs and sex and all that fun stuff. Hopefully, since we are well-versed in talking, these talks will occur naturally without the stress that is sometimes put around them. Of course, there are a few things that we would not share with him, and in those instances it helps that he cannot read yet!

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