Parents need to teach kids the importance of voting
I sat down at our breakfast table with my early ballot Tuesday morning.
Several times in the past, my husband and I have taken our kids to the polls with us, even to just drop off our early ballots. I wanted to keep that tradition going, but knew my schedule would be tight. So I decided to fill out my ballot with my daughter next to me.
“Why are you doing that?” she asked.
I explained how Americans vote for those who represent us. I showed her the different candidates on the ballot and marked my choices.
“How do you know them?”
That was a little harder to explain. We don’t watch a lot of television, so I couldn’t point to any ads on TV. But she knows I work for a newspaper, so I told her that I read about them and picked the ones that I felt would do a good job.
I know in a few years – too soon for mommy, I’m sure – she will be able to pull out her own pen and ballot.
My hope is that she’ll remember watching me do this year after year, and she’ll take the time to do the same.