4 Ways to Discuss the 2016 Election with Your Kids

Russell Moore | September 27, 2016


Several years ago, I quipped before an audience, “Election years make people crazy.” And that was before I had any idea what was coming in 2016.

For families with children, this election year brings unique challenges, since the campaign often feels like a reality show. How do we talk to our kids about what they are seeing and hearing all around them?

Here are a few things we do.

1. Combat fear.

This is the most important step. It’s true in any election year, due to the way partisans—and sadly, especially Christians—speak in apocalyptic terms. “If Barack Obama is elected, we won’t have a country left in four years,” many bemoaned in 2008. Four years earlier, others insisted, “Our country can’t survive the reelection of George W. Bush.” 

Elections have consequences, yes. Elections are important, yes. But elections are not the pinnacle of history—for either good or for bad.

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Our children should see that we’re concerned about our country, but that we’re not wringing our hands over the election. As Christians, we have an Apocalypse revealed to us. This isn’t it.

2. Avoid tribalism.

Many Americans see political candidates in the same way as their sports teams. They revel in the glory of the…


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