Voting with Your Kids

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votingHave you ever taken your children voting with you? If not, what was holding you back? Election Day is Tuesday, November 5 and I’m here to help you prepare you to vote – and to teach your children about the process.

Kids and Voting

Research together

The website VoteSmart.org and their app are both exceptional teaching tools for the entire family. At VoteSmart.org, you can look up your area representatives and find their voting records, statements, issues, positions, donors, etc. You can use these hard facts to discuss why these are important things for voters to know about the people that represent you.

Bring them along!

My daughter was 3 when she sat behind me in the chair as I voted in the 2016 presidential election. In 2020, I will have BOTH kids in tow, proudly wearing their “Future President” shirts.

It’s important you make sure your children don’t actually vote! It sounds silly, but they can’t sway your vote, nor the people around you. They cannot color in the circles for you. Tell your children the voting booth is like a library. The people around you are studying their ballots and trying to concentrate. For my child, it was such a foreign place to her that she was fascinated with everything going on around her. If you are a two-parent household, maybe take turns voting so one can watch the kids and ensure they are abiding by the rules.

Share results

The morning after election day (let those kiddos sleep before school), talk about the final results. Look up the actual vote tallies and show them your vote made an impact. I remember in the presidential election in 2016 there was a New Hampshire precinct with a margin of votes by only a handful. That was the perfect lesson in demonstrating that every vote counts!

Want to expand even further?

Here are a few more resources fro VoteSmart.org.

Will you bring your kids with you to vote? 

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Niki is an Iowa native who now lives with her husband Ryan, daughter Riley, and son Merritt in Johnston. She is passionate about paid leave for working parents, thrifting, and Beyonce. Niki is the Marketing Campaign Manager at Homesteaders Life Company in West Des Moines. She is also owner of Bee Thrifty, which consigns designer clothing for clients on Poshmark. Niki is a two-time graduate of Drake University with a bachelor’s in journalism (2008) and a Master’s in Communication Leadership (2015).

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