I think this cartoon is funny and interesting at the same time. It got me thinking about children, and how much they absorb from their parents behaviors. So much is not only taught, but caught, in ways we as parents never realize. I learned a great deal from my parents, adopting some of their blended philosophies, but was allowed to explore on my own at the same time. Did I stray back to a similar path as them eventually? Almost always. As I've gotten older, for me I've realized we really are just bit sized, blended versions of those that gave us life.
I bring this up now, because my son is trying to express his own individuality in regards to this hotly contested presidential race, by removing my Obama sign from his window and putting up his own home made version pictured below. My first thought was to take it down while he's at school. But I decided that it's his room, his choice; I need to let him have some freedom of expression of ideas even though they are different from his parents. Every kid wants to stand out in some way. I'll take this over doing drugs any day.
How much of our opinions do we force down our children's throats, sometimes so subtly we don't even know we are doing it? Are we always careful to allow creativity and imagination to develop into a love of learning about new things, of new ideas even if they differ from our own?
It's definitely a fine line. I may of crossed it here. My son now lives with a band of gypsies that happened to be passing through...