If politicians insist on acting like children, let’s treat them that way

REGARDING OUR recent government shutdown and the stalemate between our two political parties:

I am the mother of two children. When they leave a mess, they always blame each other. When they argue, they always blame each other for saying it first. When they fight, they always blame the other for starting it. I teach them conflict resolution and problem-solving skills such as negotiation and compromise. I remind them of empathy for someone else’s perspective and the fact that at least two things can be true at the same time. I encourage them to work toward a solution where both of them can have some of their needs met.

In our government, the Senate, Congress, and president should all be ashamed of themselves for what they did. And their mothers should send them to their rooms to think about their behavior so this will not happen again.

Dana Gordon