Now that your child has grown up and is now a teenager, your approach to discussing politics with them will change. Teenagers are more aware of what is going on in the world than younger children. They start to realize how the outcome of elections can affect their own futures. At this point in their lives, you aren’t necessarily going to have to teach your teenager about politics. Instead, you will have more meaningful conversation sharing
Figure Out What Is On Their Minds
When election season comes around, you start to see the signs being put in the front yards, bumper stickers, and television ads for political candidates. Campaigns begin and messages on political policies ad positions start getting discussed. Younger generations have more screen time now than ever before and can be bombarded by the different stances. Take the time to talk to them and see where they stand and which issues mean the most to them.
Talk About It
While talking to your teenager about politics, you want to keep the conversation positive. Politics can get heated at times but you want to ensure your teenager can voice their own opinion. As a parent, you want to assure your child that even if they don’t have the same opinions, follow the same party, or agree with everything you believe in, that you will still respect them. Let your child know that their vote will matter.
Casting Your Own Vote
Lead by example. Your children learn from your actions. If you are discussing politics as a family, you should go out and vote and show your support for what you believe in so your child will do the same when the time comes. If you spew how important taking a stance is and finding an issue to back but don’t take the initiative to vote yourself, how do you expect your child to when their vote counts.
You don’t always have to start young to get your child involved with politics. It is important that at any stage in their life they have the opportunity to come to you with any questions or issues.