How to Explain the Results of an Election to your Children

The topic of the latest presidential campaigns was running in every news headline in our television sets and print media. People held discussions on the presidential candidate of their choice. In this year’s election, children engaged their parents more on the campaigns than in the previous years. Therefore, they all had a candidate of their choice who they expected to win. Most parents who supported a Hillary Clinton candidature experienced a hard time trying to explain to their kids about the election results. The following is a guideline on how to talk to your children about the results

 

  1. Take your time and collect your feelings

 

Children look up to their parents on how to behave in any given situation. It is important to deal with your feelings, especially anger and frustration, before talking to your children. This prevents the possibility of major emotional outbursts or anything that would render the results catastrophic. Remind them that we have had different presidents with different values, principles, and style of governance.

 

  1. Explain to the kids the important aspect of democracy.

 

If the kids are old enough, help them understand that people hold different beliefs on various issues. Remind them that the nation is a system with citizens who do not agree on all matters. Remember to explain to them the electoral process in the country. Providing them with this information gives a better understanding of how one candidate won and the other lost. For the younger ones, remind them that it is not right to call anyone nasty.

 

  1. Teach the children the art of winning and losing gracefully

 

Parents should inform their kids that in every competition, there are winners and losers. Therefore, the winning party should be sensitive to the feelings and the disappointment of the other party. Get your children involved in spreading the love and kindness message among their peers and schoolmate

 

  1. Give them hope of the future.

 

Give them hope for a better future. If they are young girls who hoped for the first female president, remind them that the fight is not over. Read them stories that reinforce your values and beliefs. However, do not make unnecessary jokes or promises, for example, a joke to move to another country or state.