Welcome to "Hey, Mom and Dad"—a weekly feature where we ask our Facebook fans to share their views on parenting. Every week, we get the conversation started by taking a look back at a question we asked parents the week before on Patch Facebook pages from around the area.
Elections and the associated politics can be difficult for young minds to grasp. Still, it's hard to imagine last week's election went unnoticed by our country's young citizens and it's safe to bet they had some questions about the process.
That brings us to this week's question.
Did you discuss the election and how you voted with your children? Why or why not?
Take a look at what people had to say and join the conversation in the comments section.
Joanne Foley: Of course! I'd like to hear why parents would withhold that information. — Downers Grove Patch Facebook
Cheryl Krampitz: I did, because my five-year-old came home saying that she wanted the other guy to win. Unfortunately, she is not shy about telling strangers what I think about the other guy. — Downers Grove Patch Facebook
Siobhan Burke: Not only told them they canvassed and are taking personal responsibility for two wins in Congress. — Burr Ridge Patch Facebook
Lori Janu-Chossek: Of course, if you can't talk to your own children then something is , in my opinion seriously wrong. Family members don't have to agree but what a missed opportunity to find out , and perhaps shape what values are really important. — Oak Park Patch Facebook
Amanda Anthony Alford: I did, and I took them to the polling place with me! My oldest watched most of the results with me and was tracking the electoral college numbers in her spiral notebook ;) — Oak Park Patch Facebook
Heidi Delis: my almost 8 year old had her own opinions and debated with all of us in the house (we were a divided house) she was so for her vote that when she went trick or treating if there was a sign for the other she wouldn't go to the house. Trying to explain how the electoral votes go has been a challenge still. — Darien Patch Facebook
Andrew Meyer: Of course we told them! Our 4 year old is most concerned with what "the guy that lost" will do now. — Darien Patch Facebook
Lynnie Ley my kids told their kids. they were all excited to participate. it came up in my daycare, as the kids told me who they 'voted' for at school. since we all voted for the same guy, i shared my vote choice with them. — Darien Patch Facebook