I’ve taken my daughter every time I’ve gone to the polls. And now that she’s six, she’s super excited about it. Today, they let her slide my ballot into the little machine. And of course, she got a sticker.
But it’s more than that. I’m trying to teach her early the importance of voting and what a great country we live in that we get to elect our leaders in a peaceful, civilized way (for the most part). And I teach her about the brave men and women, including her best friend’s daddy, who fight for the freedoms we enjoy.
I’m also sharing with her my political values and beliefs. Sure, she’s just in kindergarten and doesn’t really get my thoughts on the role of government. But I’m telling her because I want her to get her values from me, from family. Not from her teachers. Not from her friends. And of course, when she’s grown, she’ll be able to make her own political decisions. But at least she will have a foundation.
She knows who I voted for today and why. I won’t get into all that here because a) no one cares and b) I’m in The Mommyhood minority and I don’t want to get kicked out. But if you ask my 6-year-old, she’ll tell you.
Tell your kids too!