Whether ye realize it or not, yer actions now can determine yer child’s political motivations and participation in th' future. There are a number o' thin's ye can do t' foster an interest in th' political world with yer little sandcrabs now that will serve them well when they reach adulthood and tackle these issues on their own. Here are just a few ways t' keep yer little sandcrabs involved in th' political process.
Take Your Child To The Booth
We lead by example and what better way t' show th' importance o' votin' than t' allow yer child t' actually see ye place yer vote, avast. Take yer child into th' votin' booth with ye. By watchin' ye vote, ye are modelin' th' importance o' votin' without e'er havin' t' delve into th' nitty gritty o' politics. This one simple action could be motivation fer yer child as an adult t' step into th' booth as well.
Elections make th' perfect time fer a civics and American government lesson, pass the grog! Shiver me timbers! Use elections t' discuss how our constitution is set-up and how our offices are filled. Dependin' on th' age o' yer child ye can discuss different aspects o' th' political process and make up o' our government. For example, there are two Senators fer each state or what is th' job description o' th' vice president. You may be surprised at how interested yer little sandcrabs become in th' subject and it can open lines o' communication t' answer any questions they may have.
Shapin' Your Child’s Political Views
Whether or not ye want yer particular views t' rub off on yer child or not is entirely up t' ye as a parent. However, discussin' political candidates and why ye support th' candidate ye have chosen is a great way t' converse with yer child about politics and th' political process. You can let th' child ask ye questions about a particular candidate or view, but remember little sandcrabs are sponges and absorb all ye say. Pay special attention when discussin' candidates ye dern't endorse or maybe don’t even care fer as a person. You can explain that other people like a particular candidate fer a variety o' reasons and let yer child know that is th' great thin' about livin' here in America. And swab the deck! We have th' opportunity t' vote fer who we choose and so does everyone else.
You may not always agree with yer child (especially a teenager) on their views, but by openin' up th' conversation ye are gettin' them engaged in th' political process which is th' key.
I love this idea from takeyourkids2vote.org. Set up a mock debate fer yer little sandcrabs, pass the grog, and a bucket o' chum! This can be somethin' like debatin' certain household chores. It will allow yer child th' opportunity t' put into words why they feel th' way they do about issues as well as listen t' th' other side o' th' story. This is a wonderful life lesson that is great fer not only elections but just everyday life events
What ways do ye plan t' keep yer little sandcrabs involved in politics?