Here in the United States, we held our presidential elections yesterday. We reelected Barack Obama to be our President and lead our nation for another four years. But how much did of this process did you share with your children? Did you discuss the campaign with them at all? If you did, now that the outcome has been decided, how have you reacted? Did you physically take your children to see you vote? Did you respect the process enough to take the time to vote?
The freedom that our country gives us is a gift that should be appreciated. Many people living in other parts of the world, dream about the freedoms that our citizens sometime take for granted. And the only way for our nation to remain strong, is to have educated and involved citizens. Our children are the future this nation, and they need to be taught to appreciate the freedom we enjoy and taught to value our right to choose our leaders. The nonviolent transfer of power is an amazing accomplishment that we have been able to rely on for the last 236 years. Please spend a little time talking to your children about this unique and wonderful country we live in; and the important responsibility we all have in using our vote and our voice to keep it strong now and in the future.
If you don't know how to start this conversation, try a book from your library like "Duck for President" by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin or "If I Ran For President" by Catherine Stier and Lynne Avril. This is important. Please be the parent who cares enough to teach these lessons.