1. Explain The Election Process
- Start with the basics: From the requirements to be a candidate and primaries, to the national conventions and electoral college.
- Test their knowledge and quiz them on how many electoral votes are at stake in their state.
2. Share Your Political Views
- Let kids know that it’s ok to have their own opinion.
- Kids need to think for themselves, and a presidential election is a great time to share their opinions.
3. Watch The Debates Together
- Kids get their news digitally so have family night; let the tv sparks fly!
- Drive home the point that whether you’re for or against someone, it’s an opportunity to make them a part of the decision making process.
4. Tackle The Tough Topics
- Whether its VP Biden on green energy or Pres. Trump on law and order, teach them to be open-minded when it comes to politics.
- Choice is the American way, and I can’t think of a better civics lesson than democracy in action.
5. Reinforce Freedom of Speech
- The political process wouldn’t take place without differing opinions, yet we are losing our basic right to speak up and have an opinion.
- Healthy dialogue should be embraced; we can all disagree on issues and candidates while still being courteous to one another.