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Why Kids Voted For Hillary
Begin with the truth; We lie to our kids all the time
No one can make an educated vote if they don't have all the information.
While I wasn't crazy about either candidate, the truth is our kids would've voted Hillary because we don't/can't/shouldn't give them all the facts.
Hillary supporters are dumbfounded this week due to the election results. Resources for parents are now infiltrating the Internet. "What do We Tell The Children?" asks one article...and many more follow suit. As if we're talking about death.
This particular article (above) reads: "Tell them first, that we will protect them." I'm sorry. Did I read that right? It is only in the last 8 years that we have actually failed in protecting our kids at school- if anyone recalls the school shootings we've endured as well as random public shootings in crowded areas such as movie theaters and malls where kids frequent.
You are lying to them if you tell them you can protect them, because you can't. Those days are gone. Just this past few years I have sent my kids to school with an additional worry: Shootings. My mother never had to worry about this. Remember fire drills- yep that was it. She never knew a day when she sent her kids to school knowing it was 'lock-down' training day- What to do if a shooter enters the school! Training for this now!
Tell your kids the truth- that you can't protect them in the society and culture that was cultivated under this previous establishment. That perhaps, you can't protect them from Trump's words or anybody's words for that matter, but under Trump's govern you can protect them from a culture that divulges their youth in justifying violence. And from security breaches via Hillary. Tell them Trump takes their physical security very seriously.
The Ugly Truth...
Parents! You did not tell them the whole truth. You did not tell them that Hillary supports late-term killing of babies. She says it's okay to kill a baby when they could be born alive and well...and way beyond an "ooops" for any woman's rights to be affected.
Trump had his own ugly moments, but bottom line, words and justification of killing (Benghazi and abortion) are apples and oranges. If your kids voted Hillary, you didn't tell them that. You didn't tell them those men in Benghazi sent 600 requests for help, but ended up losing their lives.
Perhaps you've been living in a bubble where you're surrounded by a bias media, celebrity culture, and a specific regional area of like-minded individuals but that not everyone thinks like you. These are not just numbers, but people.
Tell them that you had to overlook a few things about Hillary just as Trump supporters had to as well. Most people did not vote out of hate. Hate is spread by the media and love is spread within the family. Give them a family dose of love rather than too much TV programming by a hateful media with a one-sided perspective.
Kids growing up with a bias perspective of the world grow into egocentric children who can very well grow up among people who look different, but that means little if they do not encounter diversity in opinion whom they will not tolerate. They lose valuable life skills by believing their thoughts and opinions trump all.
Kids who voted Hillary haven't experienced a loss and I've been around them. It's a tragedy. When we could be teaching them about losing a job. Losing love. Losing a house. Losing a business. Losing a promotion. Losing a follower. Losing a friend. Losing any competition. Adulthood is full of losses and childhood is supposed to be preparation for that.
Entitlement is not a virtue. Learning how to lose is a valuable lesson.
You can't play sports without losing sometimes and, in losing, you learn something about grace and how to act under pressure.— John Kerry
A superhero lesson
Perhaps your kids are old enough to have experienced some of the superhero films such as Batman. We learn even superheroes do damage. Even superheroes are not 100% good or 100% bad.
This helps a child recognize that because he called a kid a name (and every kid has done this)- it was a bad moment. He is not a bad person. Both candidates had their pluses and minuses. This is the essence of human nature. Robin hood stole to help others. Captain America went rogue in 'Captain America; Civil War'.
This is a great lesson in that the world is not black and white. Good people do bad things and bad people do good things.
Lastly, voting is for 18 and up!
Kids have been known to feel the weight of a divorce on their shoulders and even a death in the family. Now parents and the media (kids television programming too) want to involve kids in very mature issues addressed toward adults, exploiting their natural sense of taking on the world around them.
Teach them about the voting process but do not put the weight of your candidate's loss on a child that already believes everything in your world is their fault.