While the current political landscape is contentious and heated, children can take certain aspects to learn about the political system and how to identify themselves within the American democracy. While younger children aren’t old enough to even vote, the current events and everyday occurrences in their life that are related to politics are enough reason to turn aspects of political culture into an educational experience.

Social issues are typically chosen as the easiest for parents to teach their children as they meet people that are different from them in everyday life. For example, if you’re in a new city and your child encounters a homeless individual for the first time, it can be used as a teachable moment to introduce socioeconomics and money to him or her. Of course, you will want to explain as fundamentally as possible so that they don’t take on too much of a burden all at once.

After you’ve introduced some fundamental political discourse to your child, you will want to ensure that he or she is familiar with civic duty, activism, patriotism, and rights. Providing children with the information to understand how our country works, what civic duties are expected from every citizen, and the rights we have as citizens, can allow them to better understand the heavier, more complex issues as they grow older and gain the capacity to understand.

You can also use history and presidents to teach your children a little more about the American political system. There are always fun facts about presidents that children enjoy and, it’s easy for them to wrap their head around the responsibilities and job description of a president.

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