In this election season, emotions are running high and kids have undoubtedly heard a number of different opinions on television, the playground and just about anywhere else they go these days.
Although as parents, we might want to shield them from the dirty world that is politics, Christa Melnyk Hines at Parenting Squad has five great suggestions as to how to turn the mudslinging into a learning experience.
Think for Yourself
Around the third and fourth grades, many children start coming home asking questions and repeating political comments they’ve heard on the playground, from other parents, or in the media. As tempting as it may be to set your child straight according to your personal persuasions, encourage your child to think independently.
Ask him open-ended questions to hear his point of view. Watch and analyze the debates and speeches together. “Did you think what he said was respectful? Which candidate seems more honest to you? If you were president, how would you make it fair?” When you share your opinions, preface your comments with “I think” or “I feel…”
Control Your Anger
With so much emotion surrounding politics, it can be difficult to keep anger in check. Remember your child watches your reaction for cues about how you handle disagreement…so try to refrain from screaming at the TV and angrily debating others.
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