Parenting and Politics: An uncomfortable lesson

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PEYTON, Colo. (KXRM) — Parents all over the nation are wondering how much their kids should know about Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton and even their own political beliefs.

Rosie and Brent Suerdieck do their best to protect their four young children from the nastiest aspects of this election, but they can’t censor everything and everyone, as 5-year-old Grant Suerdieck was quick to prove.

“They make humans frustrated,” said Grant of the two main political candidates.

Their other son, 6-year-old William, chimed in saying “[Donald Trump] thinks he’s in charge of everything.”

“With my children what I’m hearing the most are the buzzwords, ‘liar,’ the bad words people are saying,” said Rosie, who once worked for former Republican Senator John Ensign from Nevada and former Republican Congressman Jon Porter.

Rosie and her husband Brent answer their kids’ curiosity with more questions.

“When they watch commercials on TV and they hear things that make them feel icky, I say ‘why does that make you feel icky?’”

“I want them to have the foundation and knowledge to say ‘you know I don’t know that I agree. Why do you guys believe this?’” said her husband, Brent.

Of course, it’s not easy to keep our political leanings private.

All four kids guessed their father was planning to vote for Trump.

“They know their dad,” Brent laughed.

Clearly, Rosie was a tad more circumspect, as all four kids guessed their mom would vote for Hillary Clinton.

“Guess that just shows I’ve been doing a pretty good job of keeping my feelings in,” Rosie whispered.

Already, there’s dissension in the ranks.

Their daughter, 9-year-old Grace said if she could vote, she’d probably vote for Clinton.

“I feel like she would be a pretty good president,” said Grace – a view that’s just fine by her parents.

“If they can back it up and have a reason to why they feel that way, I support them,” said Brent.

But it’s not a debate the Suerdiecks will have anytime soon.

Right now, the kids are busy being kids.

Rosie, however, will continue teaching her kids about the democratic process through books like “House Mouse Senate Mouse.”

She knows her family, like the rest of America, won’t always agree.

“Did our founding fathers have it easy?” Rosie asked her children.

“No” they said in unison.

“Did they all agree?” she asked them.

“No,” they all replied.

According to Rosie, there is an endgame.

“Your children, who are going to become voters someday, are going to be more qualified voters too as they head forth.”

It’s a message that’s already resonating for Grace.

“I just know that everyone should vote because they have a voice.”

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