June 16 – Something You Are Thinking About
aka. Post 16 of Those 30 Posts in June Blog-Every-Day Posts
Claire has been extremely interested in current events these days… at least as far as a kid can be considered to be extremely interested in anything.
We listen to the news each morning as we eat breakfast together and more than just me explaining “what does that mean, dad?” when something that catches her attention doesn’t make perfect sense to her 8 year old brain, she’s also been bringing up topics for further discussion when we’re walking the dog, or driving home from school, or just sitting around.
This has me thinking a lot about how kids might consume news. If they should consume news. What would motivate them to want to consume news.
After all, is it the subject matter that inspires kids to care about what we call news? Are kids only interested in things happening immediately around them, the schoolyard rag, or are they also curious about the broader world, current events, or world affairs? How do you explain politics to a kid? Should you explain politics to a kid? What do you tell them that makes them want to care when their older without boring them silly when they are younger?
Partly this strikes me as a fatherly task: to seek out new ways of introducing Claire to a weekly dose of news and current events. Partly this inspires me as one of those uh-oh-ideas where I get started on something and kinda feel like I need to do something about it: like some more blog posts.