Monday, January 16, 2012

"Mommy, Is Obama a Tax Collector?"

That is the question my 4-year-old asked me last week.  He and his little sister were playing Chutes and Ladders, minding their own business, while I was making dinner, and something made him think of this question--maybe it was his Sunday school lesson from the previous week?  My first reaction would have been to blurt out, "No, son, he's worse than a tax collector!"  But, I don't think that would be the best parenting choice.  In the span of about ten seconds, my mind processed several different things before I answered him.

1.  Do I want my child to like Barack Obama?  That's a tough one, but I have to honestly say, no.  I don't agree with the majority of his policies or his views, in fact I consider many of them to be outright unconstitutional and immoral, so, no I don't want my children to "like" him.

2. Do I want my child to respect the position of Barack Obama?  Yes.  I want my children to respect the authority of the President of the United States.  I also want them to understand that the President is put in position by the people and is supposed to work for the people of this country.

3.  Do I want my children to know how I feel about Barack Obama?  Sure.  My husband and I are pretty vocal around the house about our political views, so I don't have a problem with them knowing that I disagree with Obama and his policies.

So, all of that considered (in ten seconds), I answered my sweet boy, "Well, not exactly.  He is our president...but...he sure does like collecting our taxes!"  How would you have answered?


  1. That's a funny question coming from a 4 year old kid, but then again kids these days have creative minds. If my kid asked me that same question I would have answered: "Yes, he's a tax collector dressed up as the president of the United States."

  2. True and have also a sense.They have indeed creative minds a very observant mind.Still be guided by his parents.

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