When children speak up about issues they feel strongly about, they learn about being confident, engaged citizens. To make it easy, put contact information for your elected officials (including a photo) in a prominent place, like the refrigerator. Look up your elected officials here. Set an example by explaining to your children why a certain issue is important to you. Ask their opinion, too. If warranted, send a note to your representative stating your position. Younger children can include a drawing. If you or your child get a response, share it with the family. Encourage your children to bring up issues that matter to them, and talk about how they can make a difference.
Talk to your child: Why is it important to be an active citizen? What issues would be high on your list if you were in charge? Which job would you like to have?
Book to share: Duck for President by Doreen Cronin. Ages 4-8. Humorous story of a duck who holds an election to replace Farmer Brown. Duck works his way up to governor, then president.