How to Get your Kids Involved in the Election
My 4 sons are all aware that today is Election Day. They don’t know all the races that are being run, but they do know a President will be elected tonight.
As I was laying in bed this morning, I realized this is my 9th Presidential Election, my sons’ 2nd one… it’s a very big deal and I want them to be aware of this momentous time.
My husband and I are doing the best we can to get our children all involved (as best as can be) in the excitement of the day.
How to Get your Kids Involved in the Election:
1. It’s as easy as can be, but bring them to the polls with you! It’s an amazing experience for everyone, even if they don’t “get it” 100%, you’ll be able to tell them that they went with you (someday).
2. Explain to them who you are voting for and why. My oldest son William came home from school yesterday saying that one of his buddy’s told him that “Romney was for the rich” and asked what that meant. Kids are hearing things, so it’s important to make sure they know answers. I don’t want to disclose who I am voting for, but I will say… I felt it was important to have an open conversation with my son to explain why I’m voting for a particular candidate. He asked questions and he actually seemed to understand the reasons why.
3. Turn on the TV today! It will be quite the experience for them tonight to see the map of the United States and start seeing what color the different states are turning throughout the night as the results come in. It’s a great way for them to be directly involved in the Election festivities!
4. Make signs with your kids for the Election. I remember doing this during the 1st Clinton Election, my sister and I made signs for Clinton and hung them all around our house. Both my parents were voting for Clinton and they loved seeing my sister and I having some fun with it all!
5. Have a fun election at home with your kids. Let them pretend they’re running for “head of the house” and let them explain what kinds of things they’d want to do at home. My niece and nephew did this recently with me and it was adorable and it was fun. It allows your kids to really get a glimpse at “if they had the power,” what they’d do with it! (Ben would eat chocolate for breakfast, lunch and dinner every single day!)