It seems that just about everyone has an opinion about the government shutdown. Of all the reactions I’ve seen, however, the most spot-on responses have come from kids.
Take for example 9-year-old Meredith Gold who personally wrote a letter to Congress after her class field trip to Mammoth Cave National Park was canceled due to the shutdown:
At my school when we get into disagreements we compromise, work as a team, use leadership, have a positive attitude, and respect each other. I encourage you to do the same in Washington, D.C.
Oh snap! The U.S. Congress just got schooled by a 4th grader!
You would think one wouldn’t need to remind the leaders of our country about things like compromising, teamwork, leadership or respect, but it looks like Congress could learn a lot from a kid like Meredith Gold.
Gold is not alone.
A 9-year-old boy disappointed about a canceled family trip to celebrate the 123rd anniversary of Yosemite National Park was also upset about the government shutdown. When his parents explained what was going on he responded: “Isn’t that a weird way to run a country?”
Yup, it sure is kid!
In a post his mother wrote about her son’s reaction she said, “It’s a sad day when even a 9-year-old can clearly see that the government isn’t doing a competent job and needs to change.”
Middle school students from Rockingham County, Va., are also concerned with what’s happening with the government shutdown.
“It makes me a little nervous,” said one student.
“It’s a little scary that the government can shut down over an argument like that and if it was any bigger maybe more could happen,” said another student.
We shouldn’t be surprised that kids are so concerned with what’s happening with the government shutdown because they are part of a group that will feel the impact. Their favorite parks closing is just the beginning.
Kids with cancer will be turned away from clinical trials that could save their lives. As many as 19,000 kids will no longer be able to attend their preschool Head Start programs. Over 8.9 million moms and kids who rely on food from WIC are at risk of losing the support they need to feed their families.
How long is it going to take for Congress to take Meredith Gold’s advice?
If you need advice on how to talk to your kids about the government shutdown there are some helpful articles here:
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