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I don't know why, but it really gets me.<br><br>
Like, little kids holding signs at protests. Or wearing shirts that claim they're this type of person or they believe in that type of thing.<br><br>
I feel like really little kids haven't formed their own opinions yet, and parents are pushing kids to say and do things that they don't even understand.<br><br>
Is it just me? Do I have issues that need to be addressed?
 

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Do you mean only at protests or are you against advocacy clothing also? I'm not against advocacy clothing (cd, bf, no vax etc) I am sorta against having a kid wear a protest type tshirt though for the reason you said. For example I would put a cute "look at my cloth diapers they save trees" or something shirt on my kid but not a "my mom is pro-chice" shirt.
 

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On one hand it kind of bugs me. It's the same reason the Pledge of Allegiance in school bugs me - kids are too little to understand, which makes it more of brainwashing than anything else.<br><br>
But then on the other hand, there are all sorts of morals and ideas that I try to instill in, ds so I guess that's not too far from putting an anti-war sign in his hands. But generally it's not really something that I'm into.
 

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Yes, this bothers me!! Pro breastfeeding, cloth diapering, recyling, etc... these are fine. In fact, I want some! But my political beliefs are not my children's as they have yet to form theirs. I don't like seeing small children holding up political protst signs, wearing canidate shirts, etc, when they are obviously too young to understand. Of course, I feel the same way about teaching children there is only one true religion and everyone else is going to hell.<br><br>
I've been thinking about this issue since a few weeks ago when I saw a four year old wearing a George W. Bush 2004 t-shirt. Yuck!
 

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It depends on what kind of slogan. If it's something that actually effects the baby or babies, like BF or CD or something, then I think it's cute, and actually a good thing. But other than that, I think it's just the parents, and that maybe the parents should be wearing the shirt, instead of hiding behind their kids.<br><br>
I made a BF advocacy shirt for my DS, because, obviously, he does love to "eat at moms" :LOL
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lurk.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lurk">:
 

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my dd has a really spunky shirt from weemonster.com that says "somebody needs a time out" beneath a cartoonish picture of dubya. i don't feel bad putting that on her. or advocacy stuff. or anti war stuff. or political stuff. i would keep it "light", like no "no blood for oil" tees for her. but i don't see anything wrong with it for us. funny though, it would bother the crap out of me to see a kid/toddler/baby wearing something right wing, or super religious.
 

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"no blood for oil" is light? Maybe in your neighborhood, sister! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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Ok, my 5 yo did hold a picket sign that said "Birth is Normal!" I swear it was his idea. Yes, I had him at the peaceful protest but everyone had their kids there. Honestly he's really into birth and wants to be a midwife <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> . I didn't ask him to hold a sign. He really, truly wanted to. Am I bad mommy now?<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blush">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">"no blood for oil" is light? Maybe in your neighborhood, sister! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"></div>
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hehe, I think she said NO "no blood for oil" shirts <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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ooooops <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blush"><br><br><br>
nevermind
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Ok, my 5 yo did hold a picket sign that said "Birth is Normal!" I swear it was his idea. Yes, I had him at the peaceful protest but everyone had their kids there. Honestly he's really into birth and wants to be a midwife <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"> . I didn't ask him to hold a sign. He really, truly wanted to. Am I bad mommy now?<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blush.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blush"></div>
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No you're not a bad mommy, he wanted to. That's a lot different than putting it on a baby that can't say so. But I do think birth is normal <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">.<br><br>
I have more of an issue with really political stuff like vote for:x candidate when the kid is 2 yrs old kwim? Although I love the baby tshirt on tshirt hell that says "my brain is bigger than the presidenr's: <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/ROTFLMAO.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rotflmao"> but I won't buy it because I'm cheap and it's 18$.<br><br>
I like the dubya time out shirt mentioned above but I wouldn't personally put it on my kid. (not that the mama who did is wrong just not my thing <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hippie.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hippie">)
 

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thanks for the link Erin. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
myself... i'm not big into advocacy shirts in general. to me they just look.... hokey? i guess that's not the right word. :: shrug :: i'd rather dress my son in his light cotton button-downs that he loves and jeans or his boxers that he likes than put slogans on him at all, or t-shirts w/ any sort of pictures (although he does love the digimon shirt his daddy got him).<br><br>
i also think little girls look better in dresses and girly clothing than t-shirts and jeans. but... if all goes as planned, i am going to make her a onesie that says "Born At Home." <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
i don't really think it's right to put political statements on kids, for the same reason as the OP ~ they don't really understand it yet; they'd just be reciting political rhetoric they've heard but don't really "get" or can't really think through yet.
 

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We have some CD t-shirts that Owen has worn and I think they're cute <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
When we went to the peace rally, I made him a shirt that said WORLD PEACE in children's writing. I don't know for sure, but I bet he's all for peace. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I wouldn't involve my kids in 'heavier' stuff than that though.
 

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I would put my kids in an advocacy t-shirt if they didn't go out of style. I mean "Bush in 2004"? What's the point? If you wear it beyond election day, it's completely in bad taste.<br><br>
I have this same issue with bumper stickers. Take off those Clinton/Gore stickers, people!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">i don't really think it's right to put political statements on kids, for the same reason as the OP ~ they don't really understand it yet; they'd just be reciting political rhetoric they've heard but don't really "get" or can't really think through yet.</div>
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I have this same issue with adults.
 

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bahahahah!!! yea, that'd be one kickass neighborhood <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">i don't really think it's right to put political statements on kids, for the same reason as the OP ~ they don't really understand it yet; they'd just be reciting political rhetoric they've heard but don't really "get" or can't really think through yet.</div>
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I have this same issue with adults.<br><br><br>
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I have the cutest picture of Lucy at her first protest....she was 7 months old. She was holding a "NO WAR IN IRAQ!" sign for the posed picture, and you can see the corner is all gnawed off, cause she gummed it while I got the camera ready. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
It's just for the picture, though...it would be weird to hang a sign ON your baby, I think. They're not just little blank billboards!
 

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I went to an atheist rally last year, and my dd held a sign that said "baby atheist." This isn't something she needs to decide: all babies are atheists. The other side of the sign said "never heard of him." This, too, is a simple fact. My dp and I carried signs with different atheist slogans on them.<br><br>
Both of my kids wear pro-bf, pro-homebirth, pro-cd, pro-bedsharing, anti-circ, etc. clothing, as do I.<br><br>
Do the infant onesies that say things like "I love my grandma" bother you?
 

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It is so funny you would say that, because I have always felt weird about those types of onesies. I never thought negatively about them if I saw them on another kid, but when it came down to ds wearing them, it made me feel weird.<br><br>
But to be honest, I don't own a single piece of clothing that has ANY words on it, so I think it's wording/slogans on clothing in general that I am not comfortable with. I don't do bumper stickers either. I've seen many that I loved, but I'm just not the type to put it on my car or t-shirt.
 
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