Listening and talking are learned behaviors. How your children will communicate with others and you is something they are learning from you. Are you talking with and listening to them every day? About things that don’t matter, not just peppering them with questions? Is your homework done? Is your room clean? Did you do what I asked you to do?
When they are teens it is UNBELIEVABLY important that your teens trust you to listen when they talk. They need to be able to come to you and talk about both the meaningless and the meaningful.
Start young and create an atmosphere of conversation in your home.
I am 17 years into parenting and my teenagers talk with me. Often and about all topics. The reason they do is because I have been talking, asking and listening to them for years. Talk with your kids, do it often, you will reap the rewards when it matters most.
Election Trivia Questions
1. Who are the two candidates running for President this year? To what political party does each of them belong?
2. What party is usually described with the terms liberal and left wing?
3. What are the opposite terms used to describe the Republican Party?
4. What is the definition of liberal?
5. What is the definition of conservative?
6. What do the terms Moderate and Independent mean when it comes to politics?
7. In what month do we vote for the President and how often do we vote for this office?
8. The President and his family live in the White House in Washington DC. What does DC stand for?
9. What year did women get the right to vote?
10. What is the Electoral College?
11. When will our next President officially take office?
Bonus: Would you want to be President? Why or Why not?
Election Trivia Answers:
1. Mitt Romney, Republican and Barack Obama, Democrat
2. The Democratic Party
3. Conservative and Right Wing
4. Liberal: Open to new behavior or opinions and willing to discard traditional values.
5. Conservative: Holding to traditional attitudes and values and cautious about change or innovation, typically in politics or religion.
6. A moderate is a person whose opinions land them somewhere in the middle of Republican and Democrat points of view. An Independent is someone who does not belong to either party.
7. November. Every 4 years.
8. District of Columbia
10. Our President is not elected by the total number of votes received. Instead each state is given a certain number of votes based on how populated each state is. The more populated the more votes. There are 538 total electoral votes. Click here for the 2012 Map.
11. January 20, 2013
A great resource for tweens and teens on everything political.
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