As you are probably aware, today is a national election day. We’ve written before about how important and inspiring civic participation can be for kids. One way to do this is to involve your children in the voting process — and in fact, we’ve got some tips:
- Take your children to the polls with you. Spend the car ride (or walk) talking about how voting works and why voting is important.
- Talk through the voter guide (or if there isn’t one in your state, find something published by a local group like League of Women Voters, or others, although these tend to be partisan and the purpose of this exercise is understanding WHY we vote, not WHAT to vote).
- Have your child fill out a mock ballot (generally available online from your state or county elections board) and ask them why they made the choices they did — ask for their thoughts, don’t tell them they’re wrong. Your political beliefs have evolved too, right?
So get out there and vote! Not sure what’s on your ballot? Not sure where to cast it? Check out The Voting Information Project for all your answers.