Yesterday, I tried to talk to my kids about the election.
William, who is four, was setting out a game based on Richard Scarry’s Busytown. “So, William, do you know there’s an election tomorrow?”
He shook his head.
“Do you know who our President is?”
“Obama,” he said, without looking up, placing Huckle and Sally into their respective holders.
“Do you know what the President does?”
He shook his head again. “Mom,” he said, finally meeting my eyes. “I’m ready.”
I abandoned the conversation.
When Penny, who is almost seven, came home, I said, “Pen, do you know there’s an election tomorrow?”
She looked at me earnestly but also shook her head.
“Do you know who our President is right now?”
She went on to tell me that he should be president again because she loves him. She also made it clear that she has no idea what a President does, and when I mentioned that he lives in Washington, D.C., she promptly pointed to the state of Washington on the map of the United States. Clearly our family civics lessons are not up to par.
Continue reading What I Will Teach My Children About Our President as my final post in a series about the election for parents.com