For many years, I worked for an advocacy organization where I spent a lot of time monitoring Congress. CSPAN played in my office and I read a lot of Hill newspapers and websites to keep current with the happenings of the 535 people who make federal laws. Eventually, I left that job to be a stay at home to my two kids because, frankly, kids are less infuriating and irrational than Congress. Also, kids listen better than Congress. No, really. Try talking to a Congressman someday. You’ll find yourself wishing you were talking to a preschooler instead.
Even now that I’m a full time stay at home mom, I still keep an eye out on Capitol Hill so I know about the comings and going of that wacky legislative body. As I listen to the battling press conferences from party leaders, I find myself thinking that what the country really needs is not more bipartisanship, but more preschool teachers to reeducate everyone on either side of the aisle. The women who teach my son’s class are masters of compromise and diplomacy. They excel at conflict resolution and peaceful negotiating. They can enforce rules and develop strategies for getting multiple needs met, with only a minimum of tears. Given the chance, I think preschool teachers could probably fix most of the major problems facing America today. If nothing else, they could teach our legislators some important lessons on how to get along with others.
Here are five preschool lessons I would like to see lawmakers learn as they start the 113th Congress:
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