Parents use election as a teaching lesson

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – For the last several months if a television was on, or if kids eavesdropped on adults’ conversations, they most likely heard about this election. Some parents said kids shouldn’t be brought into the conversation about this election. Two local parents who talked to NewsChannel 15 about how they fielded their children’s questions said their kids don’t live in bubbles.

When Jeanann Stewart’s 10-year-old and six-year-old twins woke up Wednesday morning the first thing out of their mouths was “who won?”

Stewart’s daughter Hailey watched some of the presidential results roll in Tuesday night. Watching was part of her homework, but she was excited for this assignment.

“My fifth grader came home and she was so excited about the election because she got to fill in a map as the states were called,” Stewart said.

Stewart’s three children were aware of this election. They sometimes talked about it with teachers and friends. Then, they went home and asked their parents about what they’ve heard.

“For us the conversation about politics wasn’t really about who is right and who is wrong,” Stewart said. “It was more of an opportunity to talk to them about our belief system.”

“I feel the key was to leave out your personal thoughts about each candidate, and just try to explain exactly how the process works,” Fort Wayne father of two Kevin Bewley said.

Bewley’s seven-year-old daughter was also aware of the election and the things that were said.

“She mentioned the fact that well I heard [Trump] said bad things about women, and I heard this about Hillary.” Bewley said. “I told her you don’t know Donald Trump, I don’t know Donald Trump, you don’t know Hillary, I don’t know Hillary.”

Stewart never told her three children who she voted for.

“We always want our children to form their own opinions,” she said.

Hailey said the thing she’ll remember most about this election is how close the race was in the end. She looks forward to when she can vote for president. Believe it or not, that time will come in only two presidential election cycles.