Kids and Election Day

11:19 AM, Oct 11, 2012   |    comments
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Pat Evans and Dr. Marti Erickson

GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn.--  As we enter the final weeks before the November election, what are our children learning from the political rhetoric and heated discussions they hear, both in media and often in their own families? And how can we turn those lessons to ones of respect and appreciation for democracy?

Dr. Marti Erickson, developmental psychologist and host of, joined us today with timely advice on this important topic.

Here are Dr. Marti's tips for parents:

1.  Be mindful of what you say and how you say it in front of children.

2. Highlight shared goals and the concept of different means to a similar end.
  Explain your views and preferences, but show respect for people's right to disagree 

3. Encourage critical thinking.  With older children, encourage them to think about who paid for an ad and what they are trying to make us feel. Visit fact-checking source to see to what extent statements are true. 

4. Emphasize our freedoms - to vote and to express our ideas.  Take your children with you to vote; teach them about countries that do NOT vote and do not have an infrastructure and about the rights and freedoms on which our country was founded.

For more ideas and parenting suggestions, visit

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