Today is the day after the national election and the results are in. We have elected a new president. Today the full spectrum of emotions is running high: happy, sad, extatic, angry, scared, unsure, indifferent, and the list goes on.
Today I’m writing with purpose. Whether you do or do not like the President Elect doesn’t matter to me. What matters is what you teach your children today (and every day really). I’ve said it before, and I will say it until the day I die: hatred is a learned behavior. Our children learn from our words and actions. They see how we react to the world around us and they take it in. If we don’t teach our children respect, kindness and compassion, then who will?
Today I had a discussion with my children on the way to school. I explained to them that we are fortunate to live in a country that affords us the opportunity to vote and let our opinions count. And whether or not the people we voted for won, we have to respect the outcome. We don’t have to like it. We don’t have to like the man that was chosen. But we absolutely do have to respect the office that he holds. And that means we should respect the person that holds it. No matter my opinions on him as a person, I will not bash our newly elected President to my children. I will not fill their heads and heart with hatred for a man they have never met and will most likely never meet. Just as I have taught them not to pass judgment on a person because of their race, religion or social status, I am teaching them not to pass judgment on someone because they aren’t who they would have picked.
Today I ask parents and all people not speak ill of Donald Trump to others, especially children. What you say to them today, tomorrow and in the future will shape the people they become. I like to believe that we can make the next generation better, more tolerant people. The world will never be perfect, but if everyone tries to make each generation just a little better than they are, one day the world will be a better place for everyone.