BMWK: How do you talk to your kids about bigger issues, especially most recently, the Trayvon Murder case?
Griff: Now we’re going to do you one better [calls for their 14 year-old daughter, Justice]. Justice is going to drop your jaw at how smart and intelligent she is but that’s how all of our kids are so don’t be all shocked and amazed. [To Justice:] And if you don’t then we’re going to laugh [laughs].
Justice: They aren’t holding back or trying to tiptoe around the subject. They talk about it in a way that’s honest but in a way where we’ll understand it. So they put it in a way where we are all encouraged to speak about it and share our input.
I personally don’t think it’s fair but I kind of knew he was going to go free anyway. So I had prepared myself for acting all extra about it [laughs] I think that our justice system is a little broken right now.
Toni: The bigger picture is not that he’s not guilty; the bigger picture is our justice system. It’s the same system that when you know you were speeding or ran a red light, you would go to court and try to get off of it. So am I mad at Zimmerman for wanting to get off for it? I’m not saying it’s right but 58 kids just died in Chicago on the 4th of July. I feel bad for the mom that he has to relive all of this through other people’s emotions who are just hopping on the bandwagon. It’s the same justice system that allows you to sue McDonald’s for getting burned by hot coffee.
I was sad a year ago for Trayvon’s family and what happened. But I also trust and tell my kids to trust in what God is going to do. Being mad at someone is giving them power over you.
We have a very open relationship with our children and encourage them to come to us for anything. We have a running joke in the house that all roads lead to teen pregnancy.
Griff: Oh yes, make sure you feed the fish. Feeding the fish will make you pregnant according to mom [laughs]. We love that they can joke about it but best believe it’s understood that you can take it how you need to hear it, but remember what she was saying.