Indoctrination Begins Early

Lets face it, as much as we like to think otherwise, there is some indoctrination going on with our kids. Sure, we all spout how we want them to be independent little thinkers, taking on the world on their own terms, being their own person, bladdity, blah, blah, blah. But the reality is, there is a strong desire for them to like what we like, do what we do, and think like we think.

For us it’s mostly because we envision doing all kinds of fun stuff with Soapfi, but for right now our definition of “fun” is things *WE* like – golf, ice hockey, reading, crochet, knitting, and going to watch the AquaSox play baseball. As she gets older and asserts her opinions and ideas more, I will probably come to love gymnastics, horses, and tae kwon do or whatever else she decides to become passionate about (if it happened with Calliou, it can happen with anything!), but right now I could care less about them.

I’ll admit it, we’re trying to influence what she likes by exposing her over and over to what we like. And teaching her a few important phrases along the way:

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7 thoughts on “Indoctrination Begins Early

  1. It’s important to take responsibility for indoctrinating your children. If you don’t do it, someone else will. Then suddenly you’ll have lost control and your child will be moving into a treehouse eating nothing but nuts and berries that have fallen on the ground.

    • Or in some cases the treehouse living tofu worshiping enviro-freaks loose control and the kid dons a suit and starts to work “for the man”!

      I have no problems with the term indoctrination or admitting the fact that I’m actively doing so with my kid, I just know many judgy people out there who love to get into the semantics of education vs indoctrination.

  2. Loved watching the Soapfi production. Made me want to show Go Rangers!

    • Yeah! You have now given me a great idea, all following movies will have some kind of note that it’s brought to you by “Soapfi Productions”. Or maybe after the title one of those “A Soapfi Production” titles!

  3. Hehe – after many years as a 911 operator reading abrvs & typo’s I actually read it as “shout” Go Rangers to begin with!!!

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