I keep seeing “What do I tell the kids” – Tell the kids that they were a part of history. Whether we are happy or angry with the results, this is a good time to teach our kids about being unified, as Americans. We live in one of the freest countries in the world.
We should tell the Kids:
That we are blessed to have the freedom of religion and expression, when others around the world are currently being persecuted for theirs.
We should tell the kids that we live in one of the most powerful countries in the world; when we make a pledge; most of the international community trusts that we will keep it. We live in a country that we don’t have to worry daily about suicide bombers and constant terrorist attacks.
We should also take this opportunity to teach our kids about empathy – empathy for those who are saddened today. Teach them to be humble – and not to brag, not to bloat. It is important for our kids to be kind to each other, and more importantly for them to see that we are kind to everyone around us, including all of the Clinton & Trump voters. The kids are watching you, everything you say or do, and in many cases your actions are stronger than your words.
You can be the strong moral role model for your kids – use this time to show others love and respect. Tell the kids how to manage their destructive feelings – they might be overwhelmed by anger or envy. Tell the kids that it is okay to feel the way they are feeling, but it is how they manage those feelings that determine the type of person they are. Teach them how to step back and take a deep breath, and to think before they speak. As we have seen in this election, words are powerful and when used negatively, they are destructive.
Tell the kids how to unify together and focus on the good – The presidency is not a one person show. Take this opportunity to tell the kids how the government works, explain that there are checks & balances… and that checks and balances are not the same as political parties. Tell the kids how to research elected officials and party lines. Tell the kids about civil rights and show them how to voice their opinions with their local government in a positive and mature manner.
Most importantly tell the kids to pray for America – Pray for our government – Pray for our elected officials – Pray for our future president every day because no matter who had won the election, they will need our prayers.
God Bless America, signed by the mother of a 13 year old son and the aunt of five beautiful and intelligent nieces.