I had the privilege of volunteering in my son’s kindergarten classroom today. My job was to go over an election work sheet and help the children cut out and paste answers to questions about what happens on election day, who was running, where the president lives, etc… Pretty benign.
I was surprised when some of the children started volunteering who their parents’ had voted for. Per my earlier
rant post, I did not share with my kids whom I voted for, despite the 6 year old’s continued pleas. But the children were all pretty cute today, telling me about going to the polls with mom or dad and laughing when I told them the president’s office was shaped like an oval and about the stickers they received.
One very adorable, sweet little girl pointed to the picture of one of the candidates, made a disgusted noise and said, “Ew! He’s the bad man.” I’m sure my mouth hit the floor while I tried to play if off.
“Sweetie, he’s not a bad man. Both men want to help the country very much.”
“No! He is a bad man. I’m going to color an X over his face because he’s bad.” And she vehemently went to work on just that.
As parents, we need to be so careful about what we say in front of our children. Whether you’re talking about the presidential candidates, a neighbor, your in-laws, your boss, our children hear everything. If you speak in judgmental tones, so will your child. How sad that this little girl will now think that our presidential election was about good guys and bad guys when, quite honestly, anyone who wants to volunteer for the most thankless job in the world is worthy of respect regardless of whether you agree with their ideology or not.
Honestly, I am very saddened by this. Sad that it’s come to this. To kindergartners repeating hateful words about people who deserve our respect. How can our country come together to solve our problems if we’re raising our children to perpetuate it?
It was a wake-up call for me. I’ll certainly be watching what comes out of my mouth. You never know where it will be repeated.