Teaching kids about government and politics is so funny when the world is still so small to them. Yesterday we took them to vote early with us and the kids said some of the funniest things about the presidential election.
It started off with, ” Where are we going?” .
“We’re going to vote for the president,” I replied.
(SHRIEK) “YOU’RE GOING TO BE THE PRESIDENT?”, Princess Goofy yelled at the top of her lungs.
“I’m going to be a president’s daughter?”, Princess Girly Girl asked.
Which then lead to a conversation about how I can’t be the president and a secret conversation inside my head about how I would never want to be because have you seen how much gray hair the president has when they leave office? Really I’m doing good with the amount of gray hair that I already have.
So then the conversation turned to the voting age.
After telling Princess Goofy that you have to be 18 to vote she promptly asked me if I was 18. To which, of course, I truthfully told her that I am barely 18. Right?
Then she asked if her dad was 18, to which I truthfully replied that he is much, much, much, much older than that.
Of course there were many more questions about why there’s so many signs outside the polling place, who is so and so?, what’s the tea party (there was tea party fliers), etc…. and etc….
We all know that 7 and 6 year olds are filled full with questions.
Then we had the talk about how political decisions are private and we can’t ask people who they voted for, except Aunt Julia. They’re free to harass her about it as much as they want.
I’m glad that we were able to truthfully (stop laughing) answer their questions. But most importantly I’m glad that we’re setting a precedence for them of voting. It was amazing to see a line at the polling place even though I know I don’t agree with all the other people’s political views. That’s not what’s important. What’s important is that we have the right to put our voice into the ring and we are choosing to use that voice. That’s what matters in this election.
If you haven’t voted yet, get out and vote. And if you can, take your children with you.
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