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Election lessons

People mark their ballots inside the banquet room at The Barn Cafe in the community of Sheldon on Election Day in Elk Grove.
People mark their ballots inside the banquet room at The Barn Cafe in the community of Sheldon on Election Day in Elk Grove. rpench@sacbee.com

What to teach your children about this election, our democracy

To everyone still grappling with what to tell your kids, postelection – tell them about this great country in which we live. Where we have free elections, and the people have a voice and can change their minds every four years. Teach them about politics and get them involved. It’s never too young.

Don’t just teach them your side, but let them form their own opinions. Encourage those opinions and teach them how to get involved. Get behind a candidate you believe in, whether for president, state Legislature or city council. Work for the candidate or issue. Deliver yard signs, do phone banking, volunteer in a campaign office. Teach your children to believe in something and work in a positive direction. Teach them that people who don’t believe in their side are still good people.

You may think they are wrong, but if they are educated and passionate about their cause, celebrate them. Be happy that we have another side and the ability to disagree and still live side by side and respect the system we are so privileged to have.

And also teach them that politics is like a sport. There are winners and there are losers. And just like in sports, we accept the outcome no matter how much it hurts. And know that in a few years, you get to step up and try it again. That is the beauty of the United States of America.

Kellie Randle, Sacramento

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