Myles, that's interesting and makes a lot of intuitive sense to me. I'll have to watch that movie.
I was pretty uninterested in politics/current events as a child, too, although I wasn't sheltered. My brother was 5 years older and very interested in current events, and he just couldn't understand why I wasn't. He used to make fun of me for it. I became interested when I was older. I just didn't need it as a child. Children are all different. And I think one kid will be okay with a certain thing at one age, and another kid will have a different age.
Let me be clear, though, that I don't plan to censor or forbid my kids from anything. I hope that wasn't the impression I gave. It's more that I plan to guide them in directions that I think are good for them rather than forbid them. I don't think negativity is particularly helpful, and I agree with Bobbie that it makes things more interesting. I think what started me off in that direction is that my mother RECOMMENDED that I read that book, and gave me her copy, not that she didn't prevent me from reading it.
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