Today is National Voter Registration Day. We share some helpful resources for Texas voters. Our mental health policy associate and one of our resident mom bloggers, Josette Saxton, also lends the parent perspective on getting kids in a civic mindset this election season.
I read on CNN’s website that someone has developed an app that helps people decipher political ads. Very cool idea, but what I really need is someone to come out with an app that helps parents explain to their kids the world of politics.
"Mom, what’s a Washington insider?”
After reading some suggestions on how to help kids think critically about what they hear in campaign ads and how to talk with them about it, it occurred to me that many adults could benefit from taking a moment or two to do some fact checking on their own during this political season. I haven’t downloaded the handy new app mentioned by CNN, but there are other resources like PolitiFact, FactCheck, and even Snopes, which tease out fact from fiction amid all the rhetoric.
I am glad that my daughter is paying attention, asking questions about the political process, and that she sees the importance of having a vote. With Texas having among the lowest voter turnouts in the country, we certainly need to encourage kids to become informed voters as soon as they are able to register. Why not take your kids with you to the polls when you vote in November?
Here are some other resources you might find helpful during this political season:See you at the polls!
Adapted from and cross-posted at LiveMom.