Dealing with the Election Aftermath in Your Family

What now?

For those of us who did vote for Mitt Romney and are struggling over the outcome of this election what do we do now?

First of all, I’m here to say that it is completely okay and healthy to have some grieving time.  Months have been devoted to this election.  It would be difficult to just keep on going without showing emotion and dealing with those emotions.

This election has been a family affair.  We have discussed topics for months now.  My kids stayed up with us last night {well, 1 actually fell asleep} as we watched the results.  My kids witnessed the tears streaming down my face.  That is perfectly okay.  It is within the realm of ‘normal’ to be disappointed {there’s that word again} and we don’t need to hide our emotions from our kids.  If we hide our emotions we are teaching our children to hide theirs.  Don’t we want to know when something is bothering our children?  We should support and comfort one another in our families.

This brings me to what I want us to remember and ponder on.  Our kids are watching us.  They need to know we can make it through this disappointment.  The worst thing we can do as parents is belittle or talk badly about our current president or those who voted for him.  Doing this breeds a future generation of hate.

This goes for those of you who did vote to keep our current president…don’t say things like “In your face sucker, we won!” {hopefully you wouldn’t ;)}  Belittling in any way does not help either side.  Show some consideration for those of us who did not share a victory.  We are sad.

Pointers for Parent’s and Adults

  1. Don’t talk badly of those who wanted to keep our current president
  2. Let your kids talk about how they are feeling.  Tell them it is okay to feel sad.
  3. Don’t hide your own feelings.  If you are angry, go yell into a pillow with the door shut.  Don’t take your anger out on those you love.
  4. Pray as a family for our country’s leaders.
  5. Continue to teach your children about values and the importance of being a shining example to others.

Last but not least, I think Mitt Romney & Paul Ryan with their families deserve a well needed vacation!

Our kids are watching us,