Monday, January 30, 2017

How Do We Help Our Kids When They're Scared About Politics?

I saw this post from The Autism Dad in my Twitter feed today, and it really hit home for me. My son, who has almost no expressive language, is able to understand a great deal of what people say. Since the election, my husband and I have been talking politics a lot, and we are often angry about the events unfolding in our country.

My son does NOT like it. He cries and gets very frustrated. We tell him that it's important, that we talk about these things to help protect him, but those words don't make him feel better.

I think next time, I will try some of these words from the post I mentioned above:

I want you to remember a few things.

Regardless of who’s in office, this is our country. Our families, friends and loved ones have fought and died defending it.

It’s more important than ever to stand up for what you believe. Stand up for what you know in your heart is right. Stand up for those who can’t stand up for themselves. Stand up for the kind of future you want for your children.

Teach your kids to be tolerant and accepting of those who may seem different. Rather than judging, show them how our differences can make us stronger. Lead by example because kids need positive role models.

Most importantly, don’t let what’s going on around us, change who we are. This country is much more than just one person in an oval office. This country is an ideal. One person will never be enough to destroy that.

Treat each other with kindness and compassion. The first week of our new leadership has been difficult for many people across the country. Things may get harder before they get better but they will get better.


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