GRAND Magazine - November/December 2018 - 28

legacy

Should you talk about Justice Kavanaugh with your g-kids?
BY JERRY WITKOVSKY

Y

ou might say why would I purposely have a conversation
about Justice Brett Kavanaugh with my grandchild?
Perhaps the conversation is not so much about him specifically, but around what kinds of discussions grandparents and
grandchildren can have around the news and current events. Our
grandchildren hear so much and learn so much outside of the carefully crafted worlds we would wish for them. Depending on their
age, they may not understand everything that's going on. They
may react differently based on their gender. They may be angry at
how adults are handling things. Or they may not care. But maybe
they should.
An opening from a grandparent may be just what your grandchild needs to process what they are already seeing and hearing
in their world. Of course, you know your grandchild best. Pick and
choose or add your own questions, based on who they are.
And for anything that feels controversial, always ask your children, aka your grandchildren's parents,
first.

Talking about
democracy starts
young
In an effort to perpetuate
democracy, many parents
have been bringing
their children to the
voting booth with
them since they
were babies. Ever
since the #metoo
movement
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started, I, for one, ask my granddaughters every time I see
them, "When are you running for office?" Not even just my
grandchildren. If I see a woman who I know to be a great
leader, I simply ask: "What's holding you back?"
Having a Supreme Court that is beyond reproach is a core

pillar of democracy. Depending on your grandchild's age, there
are plenty of places to start a conversation.
1. What does the Supreme Court do?
2. What qualities do you think would make a good Supreme
Court judge?
3. How do you gauge if a potential Supreme Court justice
knows law and the constitution?
4. How can you determine if a judicial candidate is able to
judge fairly, regardless of gender or other external markers of
difference?
5. How objective is interpretation of the US Constitution-
should someone's political party matter when enforcing the law?
6. How does someone become a Supreme Court justice?
7. If you were asking the questions, what would you want to
know about a potential Supreme Court Justice?
This is an important conversation to have with a child, and that
can have arms and legs. Go to see RBG, the documentary about
Ruth Bader Ginsburg together. Get a "Pocket Constitution" for
each of your grandchildren. Go out for ice cream and talk about it
together.

Talk about personal
character and
public office

There are plenty of
conversations to
have about one's
character and
qualifications
to hold
public

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