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.
Dawn Conde Burghardt: Yes I did tell my daughter who I voted for. I have always told her. This election was my daughter's first one voting in. She made her own decision who to vote for. We did discuss this election. I will always be open to discussing politics with her. — Batavia Patch Facebook
Tracy Haddad Johnson: Mine is only 7 but we talked about it only because his teacher told him her views on it. Which I wasn't happy about! — Elmhurst Patch Facebook
Paula Krapf: We always talk politics at our house and I've worked to get out the vote the last two elections so there's no mystery here regarding who we support. My daughter even canvassed with me in 2008 and enjoyed it. I think kids should be encouraged to care about politics, and it starts in the home. — Geneva Patch Facebook
Julie Farrell: Sure did....my kids always ask. However, I make it a point to explain WHY I chose the candidate I did. I want them to be able to choose candidates when it's their time based on the issues, what matters, not the crap that campaign managers are so hung up on. — Glen Ellyn Patch Facebook
Lisa Bertellotti Schlesinger: I did not. My kids are young and at ages where they would more than likely just side with whoever mom and dad were voting for. We had discussions about the election, the candidates, and political parties and then I let them make up their own mind. I ended up with one "voting" for Romney and one for Obama. — Naperville Patch Facebook
Nicole Rita: my twins are just 3yo, but i made a big deal out of voting, and showed them who i was voting for, and told them in real basic terms why i was voting for him. "because he's a good person" ... not too much detail yet due to age, but still wanted to impose a healthy example to show some parts of being a good citizen. — St. Charles Patch Facebook
Amy Coyle: No...I take secret ballot very seriously. — Wheaton Patch Facebook