One of the many responsibilities and high satisfactions of parenting is taking your child to vote for the first time. It ranks right up there with taking them to get their first drivers license...or watching them graduate from high school. In our free society voting is both a right and a privilege. Think of all the countries with dictators who don't allow voting. You don't have to tell your kids WHOM they should vote for...but it is a wonderful time to have a discussion about issues. Teach them they have a voice in their city, county, state, and national debates.
Researchers tell us only a small percentage of registered voters ever turn out to cast their ballot. And that is out of the registered voters! Step one is to make sure your son or daughter is registered. Let them know their vote is important and their opinion needs to be heard. Step two is to make sure they get to the polls and actually vote.
"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."
- Edmund Burke
Irish orator, philosopher, & politician (1729 - 1797)