I don’t usually talk politics, but my facebook feed was on fire tonight as parent after parent, posted ” What do I say to my kids?” There is no magic formula about how to talk to your kids about the election but I wanted to share what I will say to mine.
Sometimes we lose.
Sometimes no matter how much we believe in something, it doesn’t go our way.
In any group of people – a classroom, a church, a soccer team, or a country there will be differences. Some of our differences are ones we see, and some are things we don’t. The election showed us that there are a lot of opinions in this country, it is very divided, but that doesn’t mean we were wrong. I will tell my children again why I believed Hillary Clinton was the better choice and then explain that half of the country disagreed with me. Then I will tell them that all those same reasons that I thought she would make a better leader are still important to me. That I will stand up for those beliefs and now it’s even more important to do so because there might not be as many people standing behind me. That just because someone is in power does not mean that they are all powerful or that we can’t disagree.
I will tell them that when we lose we don’t give up.
That is what I will tell them in the morning.
And then I will listen and answer any questions as honestly and calmly as I can.
How are you talking to your children about the election?
Here is a great article from the Huffington Post – that addresses more specifics for older children.
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