It was full of rancor, which is common in the countryside, but this time, resentment was more vehement and more personal and involved different ethnic and religious groups in ways that are unusual for campaigns.
As a parent, one of the first instinct is to protect children against it - change channels, recycle paper, talk about something else.
But do otherwise could be very good for children. Here are three reasons why children and families could find themselves not only with a new president, but also important new perspectives.
1. The countryside is full of negative examples. By the way candidates are trying to talk to each other in general, how have talked about groups like Mexicans or Muslims, the campaign has made many people wince.
But instead of just wincing, we can say these things to our children and to talk. Ask your child, "How would you feel if someone told you that - or you" Talk about how words can hurt; use what has been said for example Talking important. listening, kindness, do not make great judgments about people These are the lessons that we all want our children to learn;. use the 2016 campaign to help give you a tolerance during the accident.
2. The campaign can help children learn about the electoral process. Face it, some years it is a bit boring. This year, definitely not boring. Talking about the university and the electoral delegates (if you do not know, the Archives and Records Administration National useful information, like the Congress for children).
Speaking of surveys, and their influence on people. Talking about the party system of primaries and party conventions. Helping children understand what the candidates are trying to do.There There are also sites that were targeted for students, such as Time for Kids, CNN Student News News, News and Scholastic KidsPost.
The New York Times has a site that shows where the candidates on major issues and one of the candidates and what they have to do to win. This year, there is enough entertainment factor for the learning interesting.
3. The campaign offers opportunities for families to talk about beliefs and values. As much as we want our children to share our beliefs and values, which is not always easy to find natural opportunities to talk about them. This particular campaign was full of possibilities.
If it is to explain why you identify with a particular party or candidate, or what you think about a particular topic, or how you feel about an event or interaction, the campaign can be a starting point for some very important conversations that could have a real impact on your child - and maybe you even closer as a family.
Ultimately, the 2016 presidential campaign is a great teachable moment. If used the right way, there is much good that can come of it - despite its bitterness.