You know things are not going really well when thousands of parents flock and create a group on Facebook called "Parenting on a Trump presidency." With over 35,000 members, the secret group tries to find out what are the effective ways of raising a child, with little to no influence of the most visible man on the planet.
More and more parents are joining forces as if this era evokes an emergency crisis for parenting. Detroit Free Press columnist, Brian Dickerson, shares this secret group on the rise and the possible reasons that alert parents to reinforce strong vigilance among their children.
In his piece, the columnist explains that the issue is not entirely about the political motives of the president. For some, Trump's political beliefs are a part of the bigger problem but the main concern springs from Trump's moral acts.
Trump can be the children's excuse why they lie. He may also unknowingly teach young minds that taunting physical appearance is something to be taken lightly. With Donald Trump being in every imaginable news outlet doing something parents are trying not to teach their kids, it's not impossible that one time or another, they will pick it up and say "But the president is doing it" as if it's a justifiable explanation.
It's also important to note that children do pick up things, even the gist is not explicitly said. This makes parenting doubly a hard work because kids are clever enough to understand an idea.
The children, however, are not mature enough to process if it's morally accepted by everyone else. As previously reported by Parent Herald, there is such thing as the "Trump effect" and this can affect America's kids — those who will lead and sustain the country in the next generations to come.
"It's hard to be a parent tonight, for many of us," CNN's Van Jones said when Trump officially emerged as victor. "You tell your kids not to be a bully, you tell your kids don't be a bigot, you tell your kids, do your homework and be prepared... How do I explain this to my children?"
Jones, Dickinson, and just like everybody else are still trying to find out how to. At least in the next six years of what most parents deem as a dark age for parenting.