After an election year filled with vitriol, many parents like myself were left trying to figure out how to explain the outcome to our children. I wondered what our boys were thinking and feeling. What was going through their thoughtful minds? Children tend to believe that grown-ups know best. Kids often assume they should emulate grown-ups, especially those in leadership roles. Especially the president of this country. I most certainly don’t want my boys emulating our president-elect. So what do we tell them?
We tell them that sometimes adults get it wrong. Sometimes adults don’t know best. We tell them that we will be kind anyway. We will be brave anyway. We do not abide by bullies. We tell them that the future of our society does not depend on what happens in the White House. It depends on what happens in our house. And respect will continue to reign in mine.