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Erin James is the author of a mom blog on She is a mother of three whose passion is helping other moms and dads with positive parenting.

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Politics and a Child’s Impressionable Mind

My five year old came home from school on Election Day last week stating, “Mommy I hope you voted for [Candidate A], if not our country will be destroyed. [Candidate B] doesn’t care about us or any people.” I was flabbergasted.

It turns out that during the mock election at her school one of the teachers may have taken her views a little too far in describing why a certain candidate was not right for the presidency. I spoke to the school administration only to be told that it would have been worse if they were honest and said that [Candidate B] was a liar. I again was very upset.

The truth is that no matter your political opinions children should not be persuaded one way or another through fear. If you intend to help a child understand your views, you should live them. If you wake up every morning reading your Bible and devotions, then your children will see you as faithful. If you argue with them about why they should follow your beliefs or use scare tactics, you are only pushing them away.

I explained to my daughter that God is really the one in control of the country and that no matter who is elected to lead our prayers and faith will keep our country safe.

Politics are not meant for children. Mock elections are fun, but my oldest daughter made her choice based on who her friend voted for and proudly said so.

Our country will be run the way God intended it to be run as long as we as Christians and Christ followers keep our hearts and minds with Jesus. No one person can destroy a country. Prayer though can save our society, prayer and living by the laws that God set out for us to follow.

It’s so vital that our actions line up with what we say to our children so that we can show them, not tell them, how to live their lives. Each and every time there is an election you see panic, harsh words and large opinions filtering around. The truth is that despite our beliefs we must pray for and respect who is elected into office. We can disagree, but we must do so in a manner that will show our children how to respect their fellow Americans and all the people in the world around them.

We are a country of freedom. That is one of the greatest gifts we can have. We have the freedom of speech, freedom to choose our own ways and thoughts. If we want our children to follow Christ, our thoughts and speech must be kind and loving as Christ commands us.

Teaching a child to make their own choices will enable them in the future to make the right ones based on the love and morals we show. We do want to instill value and teach them the commandments of our savior, but not in a way that creates chaos or fear, in a way that shows them the truth about how blessed we are.

Do you teach your children about politics? Do you feel we should inform young children of adult issues? How would you have handled this with your own child?

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