Did you bring your kids to vote?
By the time you read this the election will be decided, the political ads will be replaced by holiday commercials, and Facebook friends will reunite (fingers crossed on that last one). It’s been an exciting and sometimes frustrating election season. As a mom I have been trying to tune out the noise and concentrate on the issues that impact me and my family.
But I think maybe I turned the volume down a bit too much. A few days ago, Olivia (age 6) was asking me about why she didn’t have school on Election Day. As I started to explain a slew of questions were batted in my direction. I answered them head on while wondering if I had somehow missed opportunities to teach my daughter more about the political process.
Honestly, I didn’t think she was would even be interested in this “grown up” stuff. Boy was I wrong. I loved how she jumped right into it even asking me to keep on NPR to listen to news coverage.
And apparently a lot of my friends with young children were in the same boat. Well according to my Facebook feed, that is, which was filled with posts from moms and dads about their voting adventures with their children. Some of my faves:
- Took [L] with me to vote this morning. She was really interested in the ballot – she thought I had to go in and raise my hand to vote like she does in school. 🙂
- No stickers, no bake sale. Three kids who almost knocked over a voting booth, and who sung and talked loud about who I voted for.
- Kids and I voted this am. [B] asked “where is the president?” She thought she would see him at the polls.
- I am not above bribery <insert pic of kid eating donut>. In a related story, he did not pop his face into anyone else’s voting booth.
- All 4 kids are joining us as we vote as [dad] and I feel strongly that it is important for them to see their parents duo their civic duty. That said, I assume the national guard is standing by in case one of the rottens gets out of control.
- Voted! Lines were not bad at all. I took the kids – [A] wanted to wait in the car, [L] was fascinated.
- Can’t wait to vote, but my kids really wanted to go with me, so will go after school.
Ultimately we decided we would do the voting thing as a family even though there was a good possibility Owen (age 1) would meltdown if the lines were too long. He didn’t. In fact, it was pretty smooth sailing so much so that Olivia said, “Is that it?”
So how about you, did you venture out to the polls with your little ones? And, if so, did any hilarity ensue?