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Hey, Mom and Dad: Did You Tell The Kids Who You Voted For This Election?

Parents, Patch wants to hear from you on the questions that get families talking.

Welcome to "Hey, Mom and Dad"—a weekly feature where we ask our Facebook fans to share their views on parenting. Every week, we get the conversation started by taking a look back at a question we asked parents the week before on Patch Facebook pages from around the area.

Elections and the associated politics can be difficult for young minds to grasp. Still, it's hard to imagine last week's election went unnoticed by our country's young citizens and it's safe to bet they had some questions about the process.

That brings us to this week's question.

Did you discuss the election and how you voted with your children? Why or why not?

Take a look at what people had to say and join the conversation in the comments section.

Dawn Conde Burghardt: Yes I did tell my daughter who I voted for. I have always told her. This election was my daughter's first one voting in. She made her own decision who to vote for. We did discuss this election. I will always be open to discussing politics with her. — Batavia Patch Facebook

Tracy Haddad Johnson: Mine is only 7 but we talked about it only because his teacher told him her views on it. Which I wasn't happy about! — Elmhurst Patch Facebook

Paula Krapf: We always talk politics at our house and I've worked to get out the vote the last two elections so there's no mystery here regarding who we support. My daughter even canvassed with me in 2008 and enjoyed it. I think kids should be encouraged to care about politics, and it starts in the home. — Geneva Patch Facebook

Julie Farrell: Sure did....my kids always ask. However, I make it a point to explain WHY I chose the candidate I did. I want them to be able to choose candidates when it's their time based on the issues, what matters, not the crap that campaign managers are so hung up on. — Glen Ellyn Patch Facebook

Lisa Bertellotti Schlesinger: I did not. My kids are young and at ages where they would more than likely just side with whoever mom and dad were voting for. We had discussions about the election, the candidates, and political parties and then I let them make up their own mind. I ended up with one "voting" for Romney and one for Obama. — Naperville Patch Facebook

Nicole Rita: my twins are just 3yo, but i made a big deal out of voting, and showed them who i was voting for, and told them in real basic terms why i was voting for him. "because he's a good person" ... not too much detail yet due to age, but still wanted to impose a healthy example to show some parts of being a good citizen. — St. Charles Patch Facebook

Amy Coyle: No...I take secret ballot very seriously. — Wheaton Patch Facebook

So what's your take? Tell us in the comments. 

Rick Nagel November 14, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Paula and I didn't say how we voted, but I'm sure both our daughters pick up plenty of clues by our comments and observations. We have a new voter in the family this year, so we went over the ballot, candidate by candidate, so that she knew what to expect in the voting booth. In the end, she made her own choices, and I'm pretty sure all three of us have split tickets and none of the three Nagel household ballots were the same. :)

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