As a long-time political activist, I’ve always tried to keep my kids at least informed about what is going on in our national discourse. Sometimes, this backfires, like the night by older child had a nightmare where the villain was not the Wicked Witch of the West, but George W. Bush. Most of the time, though, I hope that I’m connecting them to the world they will inherit and that they are becoming comfortable with the world of political thought.
Now that they are getting older (6 and nearly 3), I’m realizing it’s time to do more than just talk. Sure, we’ve gone to marches or canvassed, but considering the upcoming Presidential election, I’ve realized that I have a great opportunity to get them more involved.
Thankfully, Barack Obama is on my wavelength. His campaign website has a whole section devoted to kids! (Neither Hillary Clinton nor John McCain have anything comparable, FYI). Part of the section includes a great list “10 Ways Kids for Obama Can Get Involved.” So exciting.
Here is the list, but I encourage you to visit the web site for more great ideas…http://my.barackobama.com/page/content/kidshome
· Create a Kids for Obama Group on My.Barackobama.com. For example, Chicago Kids for Obama or DC Kids for Obama and throw a party!
· Write a letter or editorial to your local news paper, expressing “Why Barack Obama should become the next US President”.
· Find a Pen Pal – it could be in your school, city, state, or another state. Write and discuss different ways you can get involved.
· Draw a picture of Senator Barack Obama or “an expression of Democracy”. For example, the Senator sitting in the White House or working on Capitol. Hill. You can send your drawing to the Obama for America Campaign Headquarters in Chicago and it will be posted for the Senator to see.
· Implement T-Shirt Thursday. Get friends to wear an official Obama for America T-Shirt to school.
· Take an adult (voting age) to the polls on Election Day and encourage them to vote for you, by voting for Senator Obama.
· Post an official Obama for America Campaign sticker/logo on your school bag.
· Wear an Obama for America Campaign button and/or clothing.
· Host a Senator Barack Obama House Party or sleep-over.
· Contribute to the Kids for Obama Blog