Columnist and radio host Dennis Prager wrote a recent column in the National Review Online about conservative parents whose children are liberals.
It is sad when a parent who believes that America has always been, in Lincoln’s famous words, “the last best hope of earth” has a child who believes that America has always been little more than an imperialist, racist, and xenophobic nation.
He followed up with an advice column for parents with conservative values who don’t want their children to vote for Democrats.
Non-left-wing parents need to understand that if they do not articulate their values on a regular basis, there is a good chance that after one year, let alone four years, at college, their child will adopt left-wing views and values. Do not think for a moment that values are automatically transmitted. A hundred years ago they may have been — because the outside world overwhelmingly reaffirmed parents’ traditional values — but no longer.
No matter where you are on the political spectrum, do you find it challenging to pass on your values to your children? How do you do it?