The Five-Year-Old and I are fired up about our chance to go vote this morning. I’ve taken her with me to vote in every election since she’s been born. The poll ladies just love her.
I’m lucky in that the lines in our district tend to move quickly (and that I only have one child to deal with). Although I take a tote bag filled with crayons, paper, books, and a fully charged iPhone just in case, I haven’t had to use any of it yet. So far, the attention The Five-Year-Old receives from the poll workers and the other voters in line has kept her patient and engaged in the process. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this will be true again today.
After all these years of toting her to the polls with me when I go, voting has become just one of those things The Five-Year-Old and I do together. I’m very glad it has because as the parent of a child in a democracy, it’s my responsibility to impress upon The Five-Year-Old how important it is that everyone who is able to vote, votes.
The fact that my polling district is typically fairly efficient makes it very easy for me to simply bring her along. But if I were in an area where we regularly had to wait in line for hours, I don’t know if I would have made it a habit to bring her. And that would have made teaching her the importance of voting quite a bit harder.
What about you? Do you take your kids with you to vote? If so, what do you do to help them cope with potentially long lines?
- Powerful Photographs from the Women’s Suffrage Movement (Buzzfeed)
- The Mother Who Saved Suffrage: Passing the 19th Amendment (history.com)
- Time to Vote (mamas2hands.wordpress.com)