This post at Womanist Musings sums up my intentions beautifully:
I am constantly talking to the children about the media that we consume, because I am very cognizant of the fact that the media is a major agent of socialization. Some concepts that I have introduced to the kids have taken several explanations to clarify, but it has been well worth the effort, because they have learned that questioning and thinking is a responsibility of all people. My children will never be anyone's sheep. Too often, we leave critical thinking until kids are in university, and then attempt to erase a lifetime of indoctrination, in the false belief that critical thinking is something that requires a specific level of maturity. What I have learned, is that even the most confusing concepts can be explained, if one is dedicated to having repeated discussion while using language that is accessible to children.Yes, yes, and yes!