Growing up, it was a normal occurrence to attend county Republican party picnics and fundraisers for various politicians (our favorites were the ones held at a water park!). To this day I am thankful for the exposure and education my parents' activism provided me.
My husband and I agree that we would like our kids to have the same exposure I did. Today we took the kids to their very first political function -- the Las Vegas Tea Party. Whether or not you agree with my politics, I wholeheartedly believe that the more involved you get your kids, the more knowledgeable they will be when they are old enough to get involved (or not) themselves. I have good friends who have photos of their daughter with Joe Biden. My youngest daughter can and will tell you when President Obama is on TV at the age of 2. I had the opportunity to explain to our 9 year old about the Boston Tea party, the Constitution, and Thomas Paine. Hopefully it won't just be facts to memorize in school some day, but she will remember what we showed her today. Hands on education is priceless and I was thrilled to be able to share a bit of that today with my kids!