Talking with Children Post-Election
Many of our children have had a strong emotional reaction to the results of the recent election. There are many online resources for how to begin a conversation about the election. We especially like What Do We Tell The Children? on the Huffington Post.
Here are some general guidelines:
- Ask: What do you know about this election?
- Correct: Misconceptions, rumors, myths
- Convey: We will protect you. We LOVE YOU.
- Say: Your feelings are completely okay, whatever they are.
- Explain: People are resilient. America is resilient and has been changing for centuries
- Discuss: Our Unitarian Universalist values – the inherent worth and dignity of ALL people and that we strive for justice and equity with compassion for the human race.
- Teach: Democracy and responsible citizenship
- Affirm: In this community, our religious family, we value kindness and respect
► Other Resources for Parents:
- Books to Help Kids Understand What It’s Like to Be a Refugee
- Good Books to Read with your Children About "Activism"
- Talking with Your Child About Death
- Talking With Kids About News (a PBS website)
- Using the Science of Gratitude to Raise Grateful Children: Three Scientific Gratitude Practices
- UU World Parenting Blog