–My Quick Thought–
Regardless of your position on the election, it’s important to speak with your kids about the next four years. This is a topic that I even don’t know too much about but having children, I feel that we need to at least make an effort have a talk with them about what’s going on in the world.
In the book “Raising Self-Reliant Children in a Self-Indulgent World” author H. Stephen Glenn identified the Significant Seven Perceptions and Skills necessary for developing children. One of the seven perceptions talks about teaching your kids to have strong systemic skills. Glenn goes to say:
“The ability to respond to the limits and consequences of everyday life with responsibility, adaptability, flexibility, and integrity”.
Your children will meet people that will try to put limits on their aspiration, particularly in this situation of who to follow within a political party. It’s important to teach them to add their value to society even if some people don’t agree on that “added value” that they provide. Teach your children to have adaptability, flexibility, and integrity to their different passions in life.
Even though all these attributes of adaptability, flexibility, and responsibility are important, I wanted to highlight integrity. Having them learn to understand what integrity means to them, especially during their political lifetime, is huge and will give them the confidence to have the courage to vote based off of their understanding. Not saying by not voting they don’t have courage, but having your children learn integrity opens them up to “having the gut feeling” to be able to choose which candidate will do the right thing that’s in line with their values.