I know I’m not a PC mom.
PC, or politically correct, according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary is, “conforming to a belief that language and practices which could offend political sensibilities should be eliminated.”
It means something to me when I tell my friends and family, “Merry Christmas.” I tell my daughters to be, “good girls” at school and my son to be a “good boy” at the babysitter. I feel that as a mom and wife that household duties such as dishes and laundry should be my responsibility.
I know I’m not a PC mom. But I respect those who are.
As mothers, and as human beings, we have the right to make choices on thousands of ideas, concepts, and practices. We have a right and a responsibility to raise our children with the core values and belief systems we feel are important to their upbringing. I know I tend to lean conservative with how I go about my life. I do, though, have friends who are more liberal with their lifestyle choices and I respect their right and responsibility to make the choices they feel are best for their family and their lives.
That is the beauty of where we are in life, in my opinion, we can all get along AND respect each others varying views.
I feel social media has allowed people to speak freely with whatever is on their mind, but often that comes with a side of not giving any thought to how that might affect another person’s feelings. Would the same person write what they said if they had to tell the same thing to the affected person’s face?
What are we teaching, in turn, to our kids if we don’t show respect to others, especially those who don’t have the same view as us? I may not agree with another person’s point of view, but as long as their point of view does not cause any physical harm to my family, what right do I have to tell another person how to live?
More importantly, if we teach our kids to be respectful to every person, that will help them become the best person they can be. It doesn’t matter if a person looks the same or different as them, thinks the same or different as them, or any other difference or similarity – we are all humans and have a right to be treated in a humane way.
So, PC mom or not, I promise to speak out when I feel compelled to do so, but I will do my best to make sure that my statements are proactive to a conversation and not demeaning to anyone or anyone’s ideas. When we can begin to think and speak with an open mind, the sooner the children of the world will do the same, making the world a better place for all.