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Lifestyles

November 1, 2012

Talking to kids about elections - without bias

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WASHINGTON —

Of course, part of the cool thing about being a parent is creating "mini-me's," and in Washington that means creating a new generation of party members, regardless of what party you're affiliated with.

But in the waning days of the campaign, we would all be better served if the behavior we and Drew's parents modeled wasn't Democratic or Republican, but American. Here are a few suggestions:

— Talk to your children about the importance of being not just a voter but an informed voter.

— Discuss the political ads that have been inundating the airwaves and about how there is some truth and some deceit in ads on both sides. (Paul Farhi did a story on political advertising for KidsPost that can help spur conversation).

— Ask your child to come up with three positive things about each candidate. You might want to try this yourself.

— Vote, and let your kids know you did.

— Allow your kids to stay up a little late Tuesday to watch election results come in.

When your kids wake up Wednesday morning, make sure they know that whoever is elected President of the United States is deserving of our respect. Not because we will always agree with him, but because the way Americans pick their president — with all the messiness and name-calling, all the division and divisiveness — is still the best system the world has ever known.

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