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Five Ways We Must Parent Our Children With Trump’s Leadership

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Written by Christine Carter

Aside from politics and the mess of this divided nation, what I struggle with the most is the impact Trump’s leadership will have on the next generation. I am going to safely assume that no matter what side of the ticket you were on, you will face a new force-field of difficult challenges in how you parent your children. 

Parents must continue to raise their kids to understand that lying is wrong, bullying will not be tolerated, and every single person deserves respect- but will our children be influenced by the leader of our nation? It seems our country has already birthed a wave of unjust, inhumane aggression toward one another since the election results came in. 

Under President elect Trump’s leadership, we must continue to reprove all discriminating behavior. Any threatening, dismissive, demeaning verbiage and aggressive attacks must continue to be unacceptable, because we must stand against ALL of it- and teach our kids to do the same. And although it seems okay for Trump to behave in such a way- as we witness the eruption of a mass following claiming hateful rhetoric inspired by his message- it must continue to be intolerable to us parents in how we raise our children. 

It’s imperative that we raise our kids to become the next generation to stand for the same values we honor, the same principles we cherish, and the same human rights that ALL people deserve.

My kids are fully aware of Trump’s behavior and they understand deeply how wrong it all has been. They are old enough to respond with disgust and dismay in watching the behavior of our new president elect throughout this hideous election process, and they are now witnessing the unraveling of our nation’s great freedoms with great concern for our people.

Our kids are the victims of this new dangerous culture that has been created. It’s up to us parents to be intentional with how we influence their moral fabric as they navigate this perilous battlefield with fueled fires and unseen landmines.

There is an undeniable looming anticipation on how Trump’s values and his behavior will have an impact on Americans as he steps into the white house. We are already seeing the deterioration of equality and human rights unfold. It’s a chilling reality and it’s up to us, the parents-

To change the course.

We must be ever more vigilant in raising our kids to practice moral conduct, grounded in the principles of human decency and respect.  

For the next four years, we parents must continue to teach our children the following five lessons with more intention than ever before:  

  • We must guide our children in controlling their anger and their impulses, and train them to beself-controlled, thoughtful, conscientious people with the understanding that what they say and do matters to not only them, but the people around them.   
  • We must raise them up to value all people and guide them in communicating their thoughts, opinions, and ideas with considerate and honest communication, delivered with a mindful, inclusive, and compassionate voice. 
  • We must supervise their online actions, preventing them from shouting reckless messages and impulsive claims, while instructing them on the value of manners, maturity, and discernment when it comes to freedom of speech. 
  • We must continue to teach our kids to understand that lying is wrong, bullying will not be tolerated, and every single person deserves respect.
  • We must firmly plant their footing on the foundation of valuing every human being- respecting who they are, where they come from, what they believe, and how they live.

We must work hard to not only teach our kids these critical values, but BE a role model for them to emulate. We have a great calling in establishing the morality of the next generation, and it is up to our families to do the work.
Donald Trump by Gage Skidmore via Attribution Engine. Licensed under CC BY-SA.

About the author

Christine Carter

Chris Carter is a SAHM of two pretty amazing kids. She has been writing at http://themomcafe.com/ for six years, where she hopes to encourage mothers everywhere through her humor, inspiration and faith. You can also find her work on For Every Mom, Blunt Moms, Sammiches and Psych Meds, Mamapedia, Her View From Home, Huffington Post, MomBabble, and Scary Mommy. She is the author of “Help and Hope While You’re Healing: A woman’s guide toward wellness while recovering from injury, surgery, or illness.”

7 Comments

  • I think you and so many others are catastrophizing this entire situation. Nothing changes about how we raise our kids each day because of who the president is. How are we ‘witnessing the unraveling of our nation’s great freedoms’ A freedom from hearing a pompous jerk say stupid mean things is not one of the freedoms outlined in the Bill of Rights. Other than this whole ridiculousness about flag burning, I have not heard any mention of anything that would make me fear for my freedoms (not that I run around burning flags) I just view that as something while horribly wrong and awful, is not something people ought to be locked up and kicked out of the country for.

  • I’m so grateful for your powerful, important voice here Chris in standing for the values that our country and leaders shamefully do not embody. This is such an important piece as our children need ways to process the barrage of disgrace — last night I was so distressed when I read an article about the growth of outright, horrible anti-seminism on college campus’ throughout our country..it hit so close to home with my son with a Jewish last name..I never thought I’d have to worry ever again about this..You lift in me the outrage I feel as I see the concern on my son’s dear buddy’s face who is Muslim..worrying what will happen to his family..We stand strong together the band of us rooted in values and love for our neighbors, who continue to have strong voices against this disgrace. Thank you so much for your words here, they fuel me to stand strong for justice for our children.

    • Kathy, I can only imagine your mama’s heart with your son at college and all that is unfolding on college campuses throughout our country! It’s terrifying and maddening to think we are heading in this direction. I’m so grateful you came by to read this, and glad we can stand strong together!

  • Yes, every single word of this. My 12 year old has been watching very closely. Even my 6 year old has been picking up on the negative behavior and how our president elect is conducting himself. I love all of your suggestions on training our children to live with integrity, even if it isn’t being modeled in our “role models”. Thank you so much for this.

    • It’s incredible how our kids absorb it all, isn’t it? I’m so glad you read this and grateful you shared it too, Stephanie. <3

    • LOLOLOL. Omg I love you. Thank you, precious friend. YOUR response means the world to me. #Cake #frosting #morecakeandfrosting