How you answer this question says more than who you vote for and what political party you associate. Our children are watching, learning and building attitudes towards the world around us. Not voting implies indifference, lack of faith in the system and influences their attitudes on the matter. Children are curious by nature. They listen and ponder issues that surround them and are eager to participate in building a better world. Without your participation, your child is influenced by teachers, PTAs, friends, each opinion circling in their heads as they try to put the issues into columns of good and bad.
Children do vote; they do feel passion for what they think is right or wrong. Their votes may not be recorded today, but they are heard on the winds of tomorrow. So the question is: Who will educate your child on how to make good decisions? What values are worth fighting for? How to determine when they are being misled? These critical thinking skills are seeded in youth and molded by those of influence. If you don’t discuss important issues with your child, they will look to another for guidance.
Make voting a family habit, a family discussion…but most of all teach them that they do have a voice by showing them yours. VOTE.