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Talking to Kids about Voting

Depending on the age of your children, there may only be 2 or 3 more presidential elections until they are standing in line to vote themselves. Seize the opportunity and start talking with your kids about voting, the electoral process and the U.S. government. Here are a few ideas to enhance the election experience as a family.

Talking to kids about Voting Raleigh Moms BlogRead books related to the election

Take learning about the election a step further by reading books about democracy, the branches of government, and past presidents. Many local libraries and book stores can help you find election books appropriate for your child’s reading level. Check out Scholastic books for a few examples.

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Visit a local museum

Check out the local museums in your area for exhibits featuring voting and democracy in the U.S. Currently, the City of Raleigh museum has an interactive exhibit exploring democracy and how the government works at a local level.  

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Photo from Cityofraleighmuseum.org

 

Explore digital materials related to the election

Kid-friendly websites such as PBS kids and Time for Kids provide a fantastic synopsis for how voting works and also feature election-related activities and printable pages.

 

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Schoolhouse Rock Election Collection

Even the master of catchy tunes, Schoolhouse Rock, has a Limited Edition ‘Election Collection’ DVD. Available on Amazon and at Costco.

Vote as a family

If possible, take your kids WITH you to vote. Make it a tradition! Oftentimes the best way to learn about something is through experience.

Also, take time to watch the election results together on your local cable news station. National news networks will also be streaming live on election day.  

Have some voting fun

Get the kids involved by voting for their favorite dinner, restaurant, or movie. Narrow the results down to two choices and have children give a ‘campaign speech’ about why you should vote for their choice. Have the whole family submit their vote by secret ballot.

With a little extra effort, you can enhance your child’s understanding of the election. We are, after all, raising future citizens of America. Talk to your kids about what they would do if they became president. Ask them how they would encourage people to vote for them. You just never know how involved they will be when they are of voting age. Happy voting!

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