I am not going to tell you how to vote

I am not going to tell you how to vote, but I am going to tell you that our children are listening. This election will be over soon but our children will hold it in their memories for a long time.

Our children can hear what we are saying about the candidates. Things that we say in the privacy of our own homes that we would never say in public. And they are repeating those things to their friends.

From our comments our children are learning about elections, our government, and the merit of public service. They are making decisions about what they believe and what they want to be when they grow up. Who they want to be friends with. Which words they’ll use to describe people.

They are making these decisions without the benefit of life lessons and personal experience. They are making these decisions solely based on what they hear from us and whatever news source we let air in our homes or cars. They are making these decisions without knowing the details behind our remarks or the idiosyncrasies of politics.

They are drawing conclusions based on the information they have. They are trying to make sense of the world based on the evidence presented to them.

If our children are the future, what future are we building? Do you know what your children think about this election or what they’ve heard at school? Better yet, do you know what your children are saying to their friends about this election and the issues that have come up because of it?

Our children are mirrors of our behavior. What are yours reflecting?

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