Adults are not the only ones which this election has been emotionally draining. It has had an effect on children as well. Many parents went to bed election night wondering how they would discuss this with their son or daughter, for this election was like no other; so shocking and stunning that some school districts such as the one in Chicago sent letters of reassurance home to parents, while students at a middle school in Michigan chanted and taunted “Build the Wall” as Latino children cried, as reported by the CNN le-schoolers-build-that-wall-video-lead.cnn.
I have decided to stick to love.
Hate is too great a burden to bear.
– -Martin Luther King Jr.–
Now this is the end result, the grand finale, and that’s the way we must look at it for the sake of children, loved ones, friends and colleagues. Especially the children. As you can see they are demonstrating different feelings and emotions also and they look to the Adult to provide some type of guidance and encouragement. That is why it is important for us to remain steady and sure as we go about our daily routine and continue to strive to do the best we can for our children, for our family, for ourselves. We all know that The Man Above got our back.
So let’s continue to provide a positive outlook on life for the children and they in turn will flourish. Let this be a so-called teachable moment, show them that its alright to have a difference of opinion, but yet still get along, what’s the saying, “agree to disagree”.
Use this opportunity to discuss with them about resiliency, going through a tough time, weathering the storm, no matter how tough it seems, stick together and keep pushing on. They should understand how important it is for them to continue to reach for their goals, let nothing deter them and most of all treat people with respect.