This year’s a big one and voting in the 2020 election is critical. With the stakes high, there’s a good chance talk of voting is happening on the regular in most of our homes, so rather than leave our kids out of the discussion, we’re using this time to instill good habits in our future youth voters. And, just because they can’t vote in the actual election doesn’t mean they have to sit on the sidelines from now through November (and beyond).
As parents, we must encourage ongoing, age-appropriate discussions with our young citizens to make voting fun. Take the littles to the polls (if that’s possible), watch kid-friendly news to keep up with candidates and campaigns, initiate thoughtful discussions around the dinner table, and foster confidence to voice their opinions. The earlier we can empower our kids to take agency over their future, the better, in my opinion.