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Insight from a 6-Year-Old

I mentioned to KFP this morning that his daddy and I were up late watching the election results. "Who won?" he asked. I told him the guy that Mommy and Daddy didn't vote for. "You mean Donald Trump?" I was surprised he knew that; he hadn't been noticeably paying any attention to the election, and The Gryphon doesn't like to talk politics.

Then, putting his library book in his backpack, my attention was caught by a slip that said, "I voted." I asked him if he voted in school yesterday, and he said that yes, they had a mini-election. The class voted for Hillary Clinton. When I asked who he voted for, he said, "Donald Trump." I asked him if he knew anything about Trump, and he admitted he didn't. "Why did you vote for him if you don't know anything about him?" I asked. His answer? "I've heard a lot about him."

I think it's time for us to start talking politics in front of the kid!

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lawchicky
Nov. 9th, 2016 06:23 pm (UTC)
My school did non-political mock voting yesterday- "best pet", "best snack", etc. I was grateful that the little guys weren't talking politics and getting a bunch of misinformation.
alycewilson
Nov. 11th, 2016 01:54 am (UTC)
That's a better way to do it, if you ask me. Having a mock election for the actual candidates only tells you who their parents are voting for (or in the case of my son, whose name he hears more often while I'm transcribing cable news).
millysdaughter
Nov. 9th, 2016 10:53 pm (UTC)
I dragged the smallbear into the voting with me every election. She had to listen to my long winded explanation of who or what I was voting for - or against - and why.
alycewilson
Nov. 11th, 2016 01:54 am (UTC)
I've taken KFP into the voting booth ever since he was a baby, as well. Aside from explaining the process, though, I never discussed how I was voting or why. I'm going to start!
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