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Talking Politics in Front of Kids

Whether you're talking about politics at home or your kids encounter discussions outside of the house, there are ways to help diffuse their concerns.

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With the impending presidential election, political discussions about candidates and issues may be heating up at home. And when close friends, extended family or even parents have differing points of view, children might feel like they have to choose a side.

As parents, your beliefs matter to your kids, and children often observe your interactions. Whether you’re talking about politics at home or your kids encounter discussions outside of the house, there are ways to help diffuse their concerns.

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Melissa Buchholz, Psy. D., a clinical psychologist at Children’s Hospital Colorado’s Child Health Clinic, shares the following advice.

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