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Why take your child with you to vote?

If you're in the United States, you already know that today is midterm election day. I'm hoping you have a plan to vote. And I'm hoping you'll bring your child. 

Yes, there may be a line. But that's part of the lesson --  Voting is such a privilege that we're willing to endure a little discomfort to do it. People all over the world have fought and sometimes died for the right to vote. Bring an umbrella, snacks, and some books about voting to read as you wait. (There are links to several good ones below.)

There are so many reasons to bring your child with you to vote.

  1. Kids learn that voting is an important part of being a good citizen from their parents.
  2. Talking about why you're voting a certain way gives you a chance to talk about values.
  3. Voting with your child gives you a chance to talk about the ordinary people who have fought for the right to vote.
  4. Involving kids in voting teaches them a real-life lesson in democracy and governance -- including the challenges and the parts that still need to be improved.
  5. Taking your child with you to vote helps show our country that families matter and have a powerful voice.

After you vote, take a photo outside and post it on social media #FamilyVote to inspire other parents.

Check here to find out where your polling place is: https://www.vote411.org/

Thanks to ParentsTogether for the fantastic video!


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