The Grands

The Grands
"Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children".
--- from the writings of Roots author Alex Haley

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

How to Make Sure Your Child Doesn't Become a GOP Candidate for President

This article was originally published on LinkedIn
My former student Kate Sheppard, who is now a staff writer for The Huffington Post, and her college professor husband Deen Freelon recently had their 1st child. As new parents are apt to do, they have been posting pictures of themselves with their infant son on social media.
I saw one last night of Kate and little August. He looked like he was having a marvelous time with his mother.
The picture disturbed me greatly. In fact, I was so upset I wrote Kate immediately. Here is what I said:
I don't want to tell you how to raise your child Kate Sheppard, but I fear you are spoiling him. He looks content and is clearly enjoying his life too much. 

When Donald Trump was your son's age, he was already on the streets of New York, checking out giant walls and determining which buildings he should put his name on.

When Ted Cruz was your son's age, he was already engaged in great discussions with the loud voice in his head he was sure was God, talking about how guns, gasoline, and moral grit would make America a better kind of great again than what that silly infant Donald Trump was spewing out in his sordid city of sin, New York. 

You don't want August to fall behind, do you? If you keep up this kind of mothering (and knowing Deen I'm sure he's doing the same type of Dadding) you two will have a happy child who will know love, contentment, and kindness and maybe want to help others achieve that in their lives as well.

To put it bluntly, If your son doesn't become a GOP candidate for the highest office in the land, I'm afraid that you and Deen will be the ones directly responsible. Can you live with that?

P.S. - If you're not sure how to raise a Trump/Cruz hybrid child, go back to the collected works of Charles Dickens. There are great parenting tips there.

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