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Photo: In Green (Shutterstock) Talking to our kids about politics through the past four years has been no easy feat. These have not been normal political times. We, as a people, have shouted more than we’ve debated—and the arguments have been less about policy than about our very morals and values. Teaching our kids simple lessons about citizenship—and all its rights and duties—might have felt trite when it seemed like democracy itself was at stake, even as recently as a week ago. Our kids saw the images of Americans storming their own Capitol Building, and they saw the expressions on our faces as we watched, too. With a news cycle almost entirely devoted to how divided we are and how fundamentally we disagree (and even dislike each other), it’s challenging to raise kids who are aware of what’s happening without also thrusting our own big emotions onto them. Depending on your political views, you might be supremely bummed out or flying high on hope today. But before you go on a tirade or a victory lap (or both), remember that our kids are absorbing our every word. Model graciousness We can teach our kids grace in politics the same way we teach them to be gracious winners and losers when they play a board game or a team sport. I realize the political stakes in America are a lot higher than, say, a middle school basketball game, but how we model grace in situations with big implications also informs […]