Things to Discuss With Your Kids in the Wake of the Trump Election
There’s a new earth shaking headline every day, social media is a veritable battleground for incendiary political discourse and protesters are taking to world’s streets in record breaking numbers. Whether you support Donald Trump or not, the outright vitriol present on both sides of the political spectrum affects your child’s day-to-day more than you might think.
Healthversed isn’t known for meddling in politics. We care about your health and the health of your children. So, with that in mind, here is our bipartisan list of Trump-induced talking points for you and the littler versions of you. Let’s go!
Ask Them Questions
As with any tough conversation, it’s always a good idea to begin by asking a few pointed questions. What do they know about Donald Trump? Are they afraid? And if so, what exactly are they afraid of? Let your child lead the discussion with their answers and go from there! Avoid talking at them, and address their concerns head on.
I’m sure that there are a few things that your kid has gotten wrong. So, give them the goods! Explain away their misconceptions and offer to provide proof if necessary. Remember, conversations of this magnitude take time. Don’t laugh away their concerns or dismiss their fears. Coax them through the conversation with facts and see where it goes!
The current political climate presents a fantastic opportunity to sit your son or daughter down, and explain to them the history and value of letting your voice be heard. For a kid, an emotional crowd of irate protesters yelling can seem threatening when viewed through the lens of a television news camera. Familiarize them with the process, explain its historical significance and, if they’re still curious, take them to one!