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With all of the election talk that’s going around, your child has to be curious about the process, politics and what all of the people are talking and arguing about. Although you must be 18 years old to vote, it’s never too early to learn about voting, elections, and democracy. Sometimes, parents shy away from discussing “adult” issues with young children. Typically, it’s because they don’t know how. So, if your child’s interested in the elections, here are some tips to help you explain it to them.

  • Explain to your child that voting’s a way for groups of people to decide on important issues.

  • Discuss ways that elections can impact them. For example, voting on the lunch menu, or the number of school holidays there will be each year.

  • Explain the history of voting.

  • Plan an Election Day party for your child and a few of her friends Ask them to name some important things. These should include things they want to change. Develop a ballot box and ballots, and let them vote.

  • If old enough, have your child write a speech and deliver it. Let him pick the topic.

  • Review information on the internet. There are many sites that teach kids about voting and elections.

  • Take your child with you when you go to vote.

Even if you don’t know all of the answers about elections and voting, doing research with your child not only increases his knowledge of politics, it encourages questioning and research. Children learn about politics from the news, school, and religious centers. Wouldn’t it be fun if they also learn from you?

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