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Important Message About Voting: Join in the Conversation With Marlo Thomas

As Marlo Thomas reminds us, it is our right to vote and we need to take advantage of this right. To boost the percentage of American voters, it is our jobs to teach our kids the importance of voting and having their voices heard in the future. This...Start teaching the future voters of America the importance of making their voices heard.

Braving the voting lines with your kids

I voted today -- yay! I may have just moved and had a baby less than a month ago, but I actually left the house and voted -- wouldn't have missed it for the world. Even better than proudly taking part in the Democratic process, my family went with...

Taking your kid to the polls

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...

The positive side of presidential politics

Welcome to Red Mom Blue Mom, ParentDish's special coverage of the 2008 Presidential election. Each Tuesday through November 4, columnists Rachel Campos-Duffy (Red Mom) and Ada Calhoun (Blue Mom) will take on issues relevant to parents on both...

Election Day - Take your kid to vote

Waiting in line at the Secretary of State a few weeks ago, a young women in front of me could hardly contain her excitement. "I'm registering to vote," she whispered to me, "For the very first time." I'm pretty sure what she meant was that this was...

Red Mom Blue Mom hits the airwaves

We've been hearing a lot about soccer moms and hockey moms in this election, and about how important their voices are. Here at ParentDish, we think we have the inside track on the mom voice, because it's really our voice after all. This past week,...

Would you vote based on pet ownership?

A single friend of mine tells me that his marriage-minded dates are often quite impressed by the fact that he has a dog. This, they reason, is proof positive that he is kind, loving and responsible - all important traits in a potential husband and...

Politics and family lines

As a Canadian citizen, I'm typically only marginally interested in American politics. Sure, we live next door to the most powerful nation on Earth, and the policies of the leader of the United States will inevitably impact our economy, our political...

Taking kids to the polls

Last night, Rachel and I took the kids to go vote. When we walked in to the polling place, a neighbors's garage, the first thing the poll worker did was to hand Jared and Sara each a demonstration ballot. She showed the kids how to mark their choice...

Hayden Panettiere wants you to vote

Young people are not known turning out at the polls. In fact, as far back as I can remember, there have been MTV campaigns, celebrity drives and political initiatives to get kids in their late teens and early 20s to cast a ballot. That's why Hayden...

Kids aren't so into the republicans

It is said (not by Winston Churchill, however) that "Any man who is under 30 and is not a Liberal has no heart; and any man who is over 30 and not a Conservative has no brains." It's well known I have no brains, but now it seems the majority of kids...

Austrian government says 16 year olds should vote

16-year-olds in Austria can vote in some local races in that country - and the new coalition government there says that they should also be allowed to cast ballots in national elections. Youth advocates say that teens are just as interested in...

Blogging Baby Sleepover Post: Wednesday, November 8

One of the best things about my other job is that periodically I get to travel North to the great beyond of Canada. Normally, I love to travel. There is an excitement and adventure to waiting in foreign terminals and arriving in beautiful places....

If kids voted, Bush wouldn't be in office

This, according to Dina -- a 12 year-old from Colorado -- in response to a questionnaire from New Moon magazine. Sorcha, age 10, thinks kids would "throw their vote away for a candy bar". Monica, age 11, worries that kids might get grounded for...

Do you "talk politics" to your kids?

When I think back to my younger years, I don't remember my parents ever discussing politics with me. I do remember knowing which way they tended to vote and that they'd never vote for "the other party." I remember thinking that you should never...

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