Parent's Role

"Without parent involvement, civic education can only go so far...
parents are the critical link in making Kids Voting come alive."

-Dr. John Redifer, Mesa State College Professor of Political Science and Founding Member of Kids Voting

Getting started: Parents play a key role in civic education. Whether
you are a new or "seasoned" parent, opportunities abound for
conversations and activities that reflect the importance of voting,
political communication and just tuning-in to the way decisions are
made in our society.

Conversations: At age six or sixteen, chats about issues, viewpoints,
media impact and even the non-essential things that happen in our
government can begin to build a lifetime of involvement and interaction.

Hint: Its easy to fall into a "preaching" role when passing on your views
to your children. Instead, use this as a "teaching" opportunity by asking
questions, but holding back on your own viewpoint. Besides building
political awareness, you'll have a new topic to discuss. Instead of
nagging about cleaning the bedroom, you can talk about health care
reform or who you do or don't support for mayor!

Your kids will get a kick and gain self-confidence when they realize that
you want to know what they think!

Activities: You are invited to explore this website and its links to get
up-to-date and age-appropriate activities. Also, your child's school
should be an active partner in Kids Voting. Call the school or the Kids
Voting office to find out how you can help your child—and his/her
peers—through engaging in Kids Voting activities.

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