Explaining Political Birds and Bees to a 12-Year-Old

PunditGirl: Mom, why don’t you and dad like Rick Santorum?

Me: Well, remember a couple of years ago, when we talked about how babies get made?

PunditGirl: Yeah ….

Me: And remember how you got all worried and said, “But Mom, what if I don’t want to have a baby?  What if I want to wait?  Or not have a baby at all?”

PunditGirl: Mm-hmm ….

Me: And your dad and I said, “Don’t worry, there’s a pill for that.” And that made you not worry so much?

PunditGirl: Yessss…..

Me: Well, Rick Santorum wants to take that pill away.

PunditGirl: (eyes widen to the size of saucers) Well, THAT’s not good!

No it isn’t, my sweet.

How are you explaining this birth control craziness to your daughters?

Also, I’ve been nominated again this year for Top Political “mom” blogger.  I would love your vote and support (and you can vote once each day!)

 

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6 Responses to “Explaining Political Birds and Bees to a 12-Year-Old”

  1. Alison Crockett Says:

    My little one talks about Mitt Romney and how he doesn’t like poor people and he shouldn’t be elected because he should care. LittleDiva doesn’t want to hear about the word sex. She tells me to turn off the radio because there are — her words — inappropriate words being said — on the radio. She’s not supposed to hear that stuff.

  2. PunditMom Says:

    Alison, We’ve talked about the Romney issue and poverty with our daughter, too. She gets so mad.

  3. deb Says:

    the “war on women” has promted several interesting discussions with my kids. i took my 11 yr. old daughter to protest the sonogram and personhood bills in virginia, so we talked a lot so she would understand why i thought it was important that we be there. she thought the sonogram bill sounded “mean” and the personhood bill sounded “stupid.” For all of our wordsmithing, the kids have a way of getting right to the heart of things, don’t they! My 14 yr. old son was horrified that lawmakers would try to inhibit a woman’s access to birth control. This gave me an opportunity to point out the important role that men can play in feminism. He was open, like, “hey, you’re right!” that’s my little glimmer of good out of something pretty darn bad.

  4. PunditMom Says:

    Deb, what an amazing opportunity to talk with both your children!

  5. Caro Says:

    you get my vote simply for this great, simple explanation of the INSANITY that is that wack job slick rick. my hatred for him runs so deep, and so wide.

  6. Stephanie Says:

    Chris, not all forms of birth control are $9, and that’s ignoring the cost of doctor appointments and the fact that not everyone can spare $9 a month from their budgets. Not everyone has a Planned Parenthood near them either.


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