Teachable Moments from the 2016 Presidential Election

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by Suzanne Shaffer, Parent Editor

It doesn’t matter which side of the political aisle you are on in this Presidential election, your teen can learn some valuable lessons about life, responsibility and outcomes. Since you are their greatest teacher, take a moment to discern what they are indeed gleaning from this election. There are important lessons for them to learn.

Apart from the obvious glaring lessons about behavior, respect, consequences of previous actions and public decorum, you should focus on some valuable lessons that are the cornerstones of American democracy.

There will always be winners and losers

The sooner they learn this truth the happier they will be. You can’t always be on the winning team and you should always be a good sport about losing.

With freedom comes responsibility

Voting is a responsibility. Vote in EVERY election and take your teens with you. Let them experience this freedom right along side of you. Harry S. Truman said, “Decisions are made by those who show up.”

Support your leaders and if you don’t agree, take action toward effecting change

This is America and we have elected our leaders, so they should be respected. If you aren’t happy with the people who are in office, work toward the next election. Sitting around voicing hatred for them will only teach your teen to do the same.

You live in the greatest country in the world

Say what you will, but we have FREE elections and every adult is given a vote to decide who governs us. Teach your teens to be proud of our country, our past, and our future.

Your college-bound teen represents the future; teach them to respect one another, value freedom and keep the dream for a united America. In spite of all the drama, this Presidential election offers some teachable moments your teen can take with him to college.

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