Taking your kid to the polls

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Is there anything quite like election day?

For me, it has always been something of a holiday. As a young cub reporter I stayed up all night, waiting for returns and even, some years, writing out the results by hand in a grid that ran on the front page.

It was intoxicating.

Today at 7 a.m., my husband and 3-year-old daughter left for the polls. He in his shirt and tie, she in track pants under her fleece nightgown, hair a cloud of bedtime curls.

Why, you ask, did I send my little girl out into the cold Midwestern morning in her pajamas? Without her breakfast?

Because today, of all election days, is historic. Today we have on the ballot a war hero, a woman, an African-American man, and a widower. Where else in the world can you participate in a peaceful coup d'etat with such a varied field from which to choose your leader?

No matter what your leanings, voting is a right and a privilege. We need to teach our children that early and often. To me, the deadliest sin is apathy. I want all children to have passion for this great country we live in, to understand just how important it is to be an active participant in democracy.

It is a glorious responsibility.

And in the years to come, as we sit around the dinner table, we can talk about how my little girl was there, today, making history.

Did you take your children with you to vote? Why or why not?

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.