Our children are watching the adults around them and are often mirroring your emotions.
There are many emotions in the adult community, some leading to violence. This is not what we want our children to learn. We must work hard for respect and dignity for all and for peace. That means we must listen to others, even if their opinions are not ours, we must learn to respect differences.
Remember, your children are watching you. Here are a few examples of things you can say to your child to reinforce your political viewpoint in a positive way:
We are Americans. And what that means is we believe in democracy. And sometimes, democracy is difficult. That leads to the next point.
Everyone gets a voice, but that doesn’t mean our vote will always prevail. Even if our pick for president didn’t win, we honor the results of the election. Because that is how we transfer power – peacefully. No matter who is sitting in the Oval Office, we must respect the office of the presidency.
Speak up. We speak truth to power and fight for those who need our support.
We respect one another. We may come from different places, believe different things – maybe even passionately – but we treat one another with the same respect we expect to be treated with. Even when most of the people we know say one thing, we should remember that half of the country feels the other way. And we must respect our fellow Americans.
We don’t walk away. Politicians concede races. But as citizens, we do not concede our legal rights and sacred responsibility to remain engaged in who governs and how they govern our country. Sure, people have talked about moving to Canada and New Zealand. But we don’t flee when it gets hard. We steady ourselves, stand together and work to make things better for all of us.