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Election 2012: How Parents Are Voting

Barbara Spottel

58% of parents talk to their kids about news and current events

Video: Parents discuss the importance of education reform

Kate Snow: Is anybody using election coverage as a teaching tool with your kids?

Jason: My son's 8. He's starting to ask questions about politics, but he frames them like an 8-year-old. He'll ask, “Are those the bad guys, Dad?” That's my biggest challenge, explaining to him that this is why we're voting. It doesn't make some people bad.

Kate Snow: On Parenting's Facebook page, Marisa A. wrote, “How do we teach our kids to cooperate when the grown-ups in government can't?” Do you share that same frustration?

Anna: We should be teaching our children that it's OK to disagree with somebody. They should stand up for what they believe, but be accepting and respectful of other people's views.

Kelly: My oldest daughter has come home from school and repeated things that her teachers said that definitely skew liberal. I'll tell her, “Well, that's one view, but here's another view.” I've even written down questions for her to take to school and ask the teachers. It was great because at the end of the year, she had this one teacher, the most awesome guy ever. I probably picked on him the most. We had a nice long conversation, and he enjoyed all her questions.

42% say “The quality of my children's lives will be better than ours”

Aileen: I'm confident that my kids will have a great future. It's the rest of the country I'm worried about.

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