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How to Talk to Your Kids About the Election Results

Have a plan for addressing the election with children

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    Don't lie to your kids about the election, a childhood development expert says.

    Donald Trump is now the U.S. president-elect, and after a polarizing and rancorous campaign many parents who supported Hillary Clinton are wondering: "What do I say to my kids?"

    "Today" child development expert and mother of four Dr. Deborah Gilboa recommends parents should keep these things in mind:

    1. Teach your kids about how the government works, especially about the system of checks and balances.

    2. Read stories with them that align with your values.

    Trump Booed Leaving New York Times

    [NATL] Trump Booed Leaving New York Times
    President Elect Donald Trump is booed as he walks through the lobby of The New York Times Building after a 75-minute meeting with Times journalists. The lobby of the Times building is open to the public, and a large crowd had gathered by the time he departed. (Published Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016)

    3. Get your kids involved in spreading messages of love.

    4. Don't lie about what happened. 

    5. If your daughter was excited for the first female president, remind her the fight is not over.

    6. Don't make unnecessary jokes, such as saying you are moving to Canada.

    Trump Takes Meetings at His New Jersey Golf Club

    [NATL] Trump Takes Meetings at His New Jersey Golf Club
    President-elect Trump interviewed more than a dozen candidates for his administration at his New Jersey golf club over the weekend, including Mitt Romney, Rudy Guliani, Chris Christie and Kansas secretary of state Kris Kobach, who has been tough on immigration, and others. (Published Monday, Nov. 21, 2016)

    7. If your child is worried about friends or family who are immigrants, be honest but optimistic about the future.