More than 12 months out from the 2016 presidential election and the political circus already appears to be in full gear. We’ve got candidates coming out our ears, Facebook memes, and slanted reporting in every direction. It’s overwhelming, but to be honest, I kind of love it. Sure, it can bring out the most obnoxious and judgmental in all of us but at least people care and have a voice with which to air their opinions.
I’ll never forget the day in 2012 when my son, a first-grader at the time, came home and asked me who I was voting for for president. What?? How could he not know?! I felt passionately about “my” candidate and I’m pretty sure *everyone* knew who I was voting for…except, apparently, my son. How could we not have talked about it? It really opened my eyes to the importance of having these conversations with my children. Politics don’t have to be a dirty four letter word and I take my responsibility of raising the next generation of voters seriously! So, from that point forward, I’ve made a point of discussing politics with my crew and here are a few tips I have gathered along the way: