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Kids: You Say You Want a Revolution?

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I’m beginning to understand why ideas and education are the first things to be controlled in oppressive regimes. Education leads to…thoughts. Ideas. Connections. Expression. Discussion. And yes, Revolution.

I, being the Head Mama around here, am in a position of Exalted and Sovereignly Great Dictator. Especially when the playroom and bedrooms look like they’ve been ransacked by a bunch of gremlins with a penchant for making cardboard box civilizations and scattering the contents of every toy container to the four corners.

Today is particularly oppressive for the kids, as I am leaving to take care of some business for a few days, and Head Daddy is large and in charge when I’m gone. He needs a clean and tidy house like I need Dove Chocolate and Cherry Coke. I have them on a strict schedule of 15 minutes cleaning with a 10 minute break. Must. Clean. Up!

After lunch, I sent them upstairs to clean some more. They both did their best to argue why they shouldn’t have to/needed less time cleaning/needed a longer break. I announced in my best Exalted and Sovereignly Great Dictator voice, that I was boss and what I said GOES.

However, I’ve been lax in the information I’ve allowed into their impressionable young minds. Without giving heed to the implications, we’ve been reading books about Benjamin Franklin, the American Revolution, Colonial times, and the Founding Fathers. They both gave each other a look and retreated upstairs. I heard a lot of chatter between them and could decipher words like, “King George”, “Colonists”, “England”, “Democracy”, “Declaration of Independence”, and “Not Fair!” [photopress:revolutionsword.jpg,full,pp_image]I knew what this meant. It meant that our recent trip to Williamsburg had really sunk in, and they were going to use the things they learned there against me.

Sure enough, a few minutes later, they both came down with handmade signs.

“Give us Breaks or Give us Death!”

My 8-year-old son stepped up and announced they were forming a revolution against my Exalted and Sovereignly Great Dictatorship. Outrageous! Preposterous! Unthinkable! But not for the two musketeers. They’d learned enough to know they had Rights. And the ability to Self Govern. And a duty to stand up against an oppressive regime. Even one that just gave them Oreo’s with their lunch.

We came to a peaceful resolution. They agreed I could stay the Exalted and Sovereignly Great Dictator if they could reallocate their break times. So far, so good, but I’m alarmed at the seeds of discontent our foray into Revolutionary America has sowed. That’s the problem with Democracy. Once the idea takes hold, it’s impossible to unteach it.

Guest blogger Tiffani lives with her three right-brained kids and one left-brained hubby in Erie.

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Comments
  • comment avatar Amber Johnson July 11, 2008

    I fear the day my kids start learning about such things. Revolutions seem to be in their blood already. 🙂

  • comment avatar Tracey July 11, 2008

    I totally agree- once they learn that stuff, its all over for you! Cute post!

  • comment avatar Kari July 11, 2008

    Cute, cute, cute. This post made me laugh and the picture is a perfect fit. 🙂

  • comment avatar Monica Benson July 11, 2008

    Toooooo funny. Note to self: children’s education will not work in my favor!

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  • comment avatar allyall July 11, 2008

    ROFL! 🙂

  • comment avatar Lisa July 11, 2008

    Oh, dear, is this what I have to look forward to once my twins are out of pre-school??? You are too funny and it’s actually pretty great that they *get* what a democracy really is! Who needs civics? some unschooling and a trip to Williamsburg has taught them what it sometimes takes years to learn. Kudos to you!

    ps your soap is FAB!!!

  • comment avatar Jenn July 11, 2008

    Yes – you must watch out for teaching tooooo much. You teach these kids to think for themselves, the next thing you know they’re arguing that yes, a tiara DOES go perfectly with a swimsuit, and an 8pm bedtime really *isn’t* late enough for a “big girl”.

    It’s a slippery slope.

  • comment avatar kathy July 11, 2008

    LOL…Too funny

  • comment avatar jen July 11, 2008

    Kewl! Gr8! 😉
    Yeah, we’ve started to hit this with our 7 year old. Revolution is in the air! We’re trying to teach them that a family isn’t a democracy, it’s a benevolent dictatorship, but I’m not sure how well that’s going over. LOL!

  • comment avatar Cathy July 11, 2008

    That’s a great picture! It’s good you came to a resolution with your kids. I’ve been have a hard time with that lately.

  • comment avatar Mel July 11, 2008

    So next my kids will have actual facts to back up their pleas to take a break from picking up? I’m skeered.

  • comment avatar Tiffani July 11, 2008

    It really is a slippery slope.

    Double edged sword, indeed!

    Can you imagine if all these little revolutionaries got together?! Nothing good ever comes of playdates for this reason alone. 🙂

  • comment avatar Julie July 12, 2008

    I’m not sure I want your kids introducing mine to the concept of revolution….just yet 😉

    Seriously, my seven year old would be ALL OVER THAT.

  • comment avatar Flo July 12, 2008

    There’s waaaay too much learning happening in your house. 😉 Have they written their own Declaration of Independence yet?

  • comment avatar tiffani Bearup July 12, 2008

    LOL, Flo. Heaven help me when they start drafting something like that.

    We are in the final stages of a Family Bill of Rights, though. 🙂

  • comment avatar Denise July 12, 2008

    Woo hoo. I LOVE free thinking free spirited kids. While I am also, at the same moment, scared (I’m a mom of two free thinking, free spirited kids too)! 🙂

    Great post.

  • comment avatar evie July 14, 2008

    ur kewl 😉

    I think you may have a revolution on your hands!!!

  • comment avatar RunninL8 July 15, 2008

    Dude! Righteous post! Rock on!
    i’m showing my age….

  • comment avatar sheri July 17, 2008

    We have yet to get to American History. We are a bit obsessed with Ancients at the moment. Our “revolutions” include things like why we *should not* attempt to mummify the dog or why you may not enslave your brother to do the chores while you practice being a “Pharoah”. 😉

  • comment avatar flash kasino October 6, 2008

    Aldrich?unrepresentable experimentation brews slice rationalities,courtesy

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