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Momsrising: Celebrate Election Day with your kids

Posted November 2, 2012

Lots of North Carolina schools and preschools are out for Election Day, so it’s the perfect opportunity to show your kids why voting is important. And what could be more fun than celebrating with your friends?

That’s why NC MomsRising has partnered with Kids Voting NC to encourage families to celebrate Election Day with a voting party for your kids. To make it easy, we’ve created a Voting Party kit complete with invitations, crafts and activities, and story ideas.

You can download the party kit at North Carolina MomsRising's website. Kids can even cast their own vote through Kids Voting NC's website.

As moms, we know that, like with so many things in life, kids will do what they see their parents do. According to Kids Voting NC, research shows that the biggest determinant of whether you grow up to be an educated voter is not race or economic level or education. It’s whether or not your parents did it and showed that it was important.

A Voting Party gives you an easy, fun way to introduce and encourage voting with your kids. It’s also a great opportunity to invite your friends to go vote. If you haven’t already voted, the perfect end of the party would be to head over to your polling location with your kids so they can see you cast your ballot.

And it’s not just important for the kids; it’s critical that moms vote this year.

Parents and families are facing big challenges, and it’s essential that our voices are heard in electing those who will make decisions impacting our lives. Decisions on important policy issues like:

Moms are voting not just for ourselves, but for our families, our children, and the future we want for them. No matter how busy life gets, our children are counting on us to be their voices in this election.

So, get your Election Day party kit here and join other N.C. families as we celebrate voting with our kids. If you throw a party, we’d love it if you’d send us a note or a photo to Beth@momsrising.org.

And please make a plan to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Your voice is important!

Beth Messersmith is NC Campaign Director for MomsRising.org and a Durham mother of two. She writes monthly for Go Ask Mom.

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  • jedichick Nov 4, 2012

    Moms shouldn't be paid as much. Why? Because they're the ones to usually have to drop the job and rush off to their kids when the kid is sick, hurt, whatever, leaving the rest of the employees to take up the slack. Can't do the job you've been hired to do, then you shouldn't be compensated. Also, just because other countries have paid leave for mothers doesn't mean we should. I thought the USA was based on different ideas. That's what sets us apart. Don't like it? Move somewhere else. Stop making us childfree people suffer for your little darlings. The world is already overstuffed with people and parents are not special just because they decided to have children.

  • americaneel Nov 2, 2012

    and the whining continues from the go ask mom socialist party...moms are underpaid compared to men, blah blah blah.