'Mommy, Sarah Palin is the Bad Lady, Right?'

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how to indoctinate your kidsIndoctrination. It's our god-given right as parents. In fact, my daughter is analyzing New Yorker cartoons as I write this in hopes of creating a budding East Coast media elite. I kid, kind of. Which is why when my girl does pipe up with a negative statement about Mrs. Palin, I smile, even as I feel a bit anxious for unduly influencing a minor.

While I don't love the idea of trying to shape my children's tastes exactly like my own, I would be lying if I said I didn't feel a flutter when my two-year-old sings the words to The Replacement's "Kiss Me on the Bus." It's a slippery slope, though, because the last thing you want is to attempt influence and have the whole thing backfire. That's how Alex P. Keaton was made, after all. But us modern parents are still trying to hold onto our youth by relating to our kids in a peer-like fashion. Right or wrong, we love to do it.

Luckily, there are a million tools for parents who want to create little mini-mes. Or at least five, like these --

Rowdy Sprout -- Make your child wear your favorite concert tee (as seen above)!

kid adult clothes2. H&M -- Or your favorite weekender outfit. Ohhh, cool.

indoctrinating your kid 3. MomsRising -- Sign your daughter up for a protest, or march, that you and she believe in. (Or she had better, if she knows what's good for her.)

4. Bare Naked Ladies, They Might Be Giants, Robbert Bobbert -- Take your kids to a kid-friendly concert to see a band that you probably saw (and got high to) in college. Hey, rock stars are parents too. 

go the fuck to sleep5. "Go The F**k to Sleep" -- Inspire a love of edgy literature by only buying books such as this one, ones about babies and tattoos, and anything written by Bob Dylan.

How are you molding and shaping your kid in your image?


Images (top to bottom): APeveteaux, H&M, MomsRising/Flickr, YouTube, Amazon

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