Donald Trump is officially the 45th president of the United States…so now what? After all the hateful things he’s said about woman, minorities, & many others, how can we possibly justify our country’s decision to the nation’s youth? For starters, we remind them that they will be ‘protected.’ Find out what else to tell your children in the wake of the election here.
Although many Americans are still in shock over Donald Trump, 70, snatching the U.S. presidency from Hillary Clinton, 69, it’s time to think about America’s children. And as some adults are having a hard time processing what happened on Election Night, that can be a difficult conversation to have. Luckily, the Huffington Post has some majorly helpful tips when it comes to speaking to kids about their new president elect.
“Tell them, first, that we will protect them,” the publication recommended. “Tell them that we have democratic processes in the U.S. that make it impossible for one mean person to do too much damage. Tell them that we will protect those democratic processes ― and we will use them ― so that Trump is unable to act on many of the false promises he made during his campaign.”
The site also advises adults to tell kids that they will “honor the outcome of the election, but that you will fight bigotry.” Pretty sound advice, right? The media outlet also made sure to point out that kids should know silence is “dangerous.” “Teach them how to speak up when something is wrong,” the article continued.
“Then teach them HOW to speak up, how to love one another, how to understand each other, how to solve conflicts, how to live with diverse and sometimes conflicting ideologies, and give them the skills to enter a world that doesn’t know how to do this.”
And one of the most important points of all, the article suggested reminding children that not everyone who voted for Trump voted for him because they agree with his prejudice statements. “Ease their minds,” the site said. “Many of them voted for him because they feel frustrated with the economy, they feel socially left behind, and they are exercising the one power they have.”
Overall, it’s essential to remind America’s youth that we need to stand up for what’s right, challenge Donald Trump AND his supporters, and learn to differentiate between our fears and “the bigotry catalyzed by those fears.” Finally, remind them that hope is not lost. After all, as President Obama said on Nov. 9, “We are all on the same team.”
Tell us, HollywoodLifers — do you think this is good advice?