In light of former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer's resignation amid a prostitution scandal, the Peetes talk about how to discuss difficult news with children. Holly and Rodney say it's important to be honest with today's kids—who have easy access to the news from their peers, online and on TV—while at the same time giving them selective information that is appropriate to their age and level of maturity. "You don't want your kids to become judgmental about these things, but you want them to know what's right and wrong," Holly says.
The Peetes also say it's important for parents to prevent their children from becoming apathetic and disillusioned with politics by talking about good news. For example, the Peetes say David Paterson, who was sworn in as New York's 55th governor after Spitzer's resignation, has received positive press as the state's first African-American governor and as New York's first legally blind governor. "He is a unifier," Holly says. "You're talking about somebody living his best life."
Published on January 01, 2008