Parent tip of the week #13: Helping your child respond to the election with maturity and perspective
If your children are spending anytime on social media in the last week, they are seeing many examples of how to handle the election. They are seeing examples of people who are happy about it, people who are upset about it, people who now have hope, and people who have lost their hope. But they are also seeing examples of adult’s acting without maturity or perspective. Some are excited for various outcomes, and are using it as a platform to be unkind to others. Some are upset about the outcome, and are using it as a platform to act without thinking.
If your children are responding to their friends in texting, on social media, on the phone, in your basement, the playground, or the classroom, they can respond with maturity and perspective. They can use the tried and true THINK method to think before they speak or type.
THINK is an acronym:
Your children can ask themselves, before they respond, however they feel about the election, by asking themselves these questions. Are the comments they want to make true? Are the comments helpful? Are these comments inspiring? Is what I want to say necessary? Am I responding in a kind way?
For ideas for helping your child understand more about how to respond, both for this election and future elections, the link below has great resources for conversation starters. It will help your child develop that maturity and perspective they need to help them understand.
Erin Rae is the Curriculum Coordinator at Lockport 91.