A few years ago I fielded some comments about why I choose to involve my children in politics. Weren’t they too young (four and two at the time) to understand these complex issues? Wasn’t I just putting my words into their mouths for them to repeat?
Then -- and now -- my answer to those questions is that I am teaching my children the importance of showing up in order to have a government “for the people, by the people.”
What showing up means for my family is speaking out with MomsRising, both locally and in Washington, DC, about the policies that impact North Carolina families: early childhood education, toxic chemical reform, health insurance, balanced lunches and finding innovative ways to raise state revenue so that we have the money to fund these programs without sacrificing funding elsewhere.
Listen, I was a member of MomsRising for several years before finally scraping up enough nerve to take two boys under four years old with me to talk to N,C. House and Senate members. Like all public appearances at that age, I was worried that they would whine, break something, and jump in the fountain.
None of those things happened. The boys left with their own North Carolina state flag and a bag of locally grown peanuts, and I realized that the offices in the North Carolina General Assembly are filled with people; people being paid to listen to the citizens of this state.
As a mom with school-aged children, I have some things to say!
Please consider joining us for the 2014 Child and Family Day as we speak out for policies that are good for families.
When: Tuesday, June 10
Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.; Program begins at 10 a.m.
Where: Halifax Mall, 16 W. Jones Street, Raleigh, NC 27601 (the grassy area behind the legislative building)
Who: Children, youth, parents, advocates, and everyone else who cares about children and our future.
What: Great speakers, 15 minute advocacy workshops, visits to legislators, games and art projects for children and families, snacks and refreshments
Sponsored by: NC Child, YES! (Youth Empowered Solutions), NC MomsRising, Strong Able Youth Speaking Out (SaySo), Jack and Jill of America, Inc., NC Child Care Coalition, and the North Carolina Partnership for Children.
Register here, so we’ll know to expect you for tours, crafts, and snacks.
Stephanie Lormand is a Raleigh mom of two and MomsRising member. Go Ask Mom features a post from MomsRising members monthly.