Talking about our 45th President, Donald J. Trump, with your children, can be a touchy subject. Our current president is not like previous presidents. Most had previous political experience, kept composure in high-pressure situations, and didn’t use Twitter as their primary form of communication to release their thoughts, objections, and goals to the citizens of the United States of America.
Trump gets a lot of flak from the left-wing media, they stomp and degrade him every chance they get, raking him through the coals even if what they are reporting isn’t true. (fake news!) But what every media outlet can agree on is that Trump can be a loose cannon on social media and post outlandish tweets that sound like a 5-year old spoiled brat. Although his tweets aren’t as shocking to us anymore it can be difficult to explain to a child why the leader of our country can get away with behavior we wouldn’t want our child to readily exhibit.
At the end of the day, we have to respect Trump is our President, explaining that we don’t always have to agree or necessarily “like” his sometimes cringe-worthy remarks, but should support and respect him in his current role as President.
Depending on what your child is exposed to outside of your home your kids are probably getting mixed messages about Trump, especially if they hear and see a lot “fake news” on liberal media channels, where reporters want to make Trump look as incompetent as possible. So what do you say and do to help your child understand Trump’s real message and goals?
To talk about the President and his actions, children should first understand the basic fundamentals of the President’s role and how his decisions affect us, and also the world. For example, explaining his role as the Commander in Chief and how it directly affects the military, how he influences America’s and the world’s economy, and how the President impacts the laws for religious freedom, gun control and freedom of speech.
You can choose different topics to discuss each week or, heck, you could probably just wait a day or two because more than likely Trump will say something that may need a parent’s explanation when eating together at the dinner table.
Although today it may sound a little archaic, a visit to your local library can be a lot of fun. You can check out books that explain the constitution and amendments, immigration, economy, military and other topics that may interest your kids.
As you’re explaining the role of the Presidency to your children, give examples of how Trump’s made a positive impact on the country already like the pending 20-week abortion ban, protecting Christian and religious freedom rights, rebuilding our military, protecting the country by better controlling illegal immigration, and why building the wall on the Mexican border to will help stop more criminals and drugs from pouring in.
As a parent, it can take careful thought on how to explain some of these things to a child in a way they will “get it”, and to be able to defend and explain their point of view to schoolmates or friends if they need to.
The role of President is not an easy role, and regardless if they are republican or democrat, will always have people opposing everything they do. To learn more about how to explain the tasks and role of the President of the United States to your children, click here.