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The Power of the Vote

Posted by Jen on November 5, 2008 at 8:00 AM in Jen
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yes we can

By this point most kids will move right past all the political hoopla--unless, of course, it means they get to stay up late again tonight. Please, mom, please! Uh, sorry. That won't be happening anytime soon. Trust me. Okay, okay, maybe for the inauguration.

Whether you're waking up this morning thrilled with the election results or feeling like the world is falling apart, there's one thing that will still work like magic with kids and that is the power of the vote.

Voting gives kids (and the rest of us) an incredible sense of autonomy, self-determination and power. And you don't have to understand democracy to feel good. Especially if you're three.

Okay, guys, who's voting that we should eat ice cream right now?
Everyone who would like to have a dance party in the kitchen, raise your hand!
Who votes for watching the princess movie one more time while mom cooks dinner?
Let's have a vote to decide if we should make brownies or not!

Do you see a trend here?

It can also work in a crisis. Sorry, guys, I didn't vote for fighting in the car for three hours, and I'm sure you didn't either.

There will be plenty of time to explain the electoral college, but in the meantime, let's have some fun and invite these kids to say yes over and over again in the most positive, powerful ways.

What are you voting for today at your house? The polls are open in the comment section below.


Amy writes...

My students were very involved in this election through their parent's influence. Today we read "Duck for President" and had our own farm animal election. Each child received an "I voted" sticker and helped to tally the results. It was a learning experience for them, but it was also a chance for them to feel like they were part of their very own election and each had a voice.

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