Donald Trump Presidency: The Parenting Challenge Of Teaching Kids Values In Trump's America
The election of Donald Trump as President of the United States has posed many problems for parents. On top of these is how to explain to their children Trump's stand on various issues including migration and diversity. They are also at a quandary as to how to explain the rage and the hate now prevailing in the U.S.
Various social network sites have been filled with posts against migrants and minorities. Some students used Facebook to threaten students of color, bringing back memories of the Ku Klux Klan, a movement espousing anti-immigration and white supremacy ideas. One student even said his classmates should be deported by Trump to Mexico.
There is a sense of frustration and misplaced anger all over Massachusetts and the rest of America today, according to Boston Magazine. A hotline was created by Massachusettes Attorney General Maura Healey even before the election to allow people to report cases of hate crimes. Healey's office has recorded more than 400 incidents of threats based on gender, bullying and spray-painting of swastikas in the garage of a black student, a week after the electiion.
Trump's attacks against minority has made it difficult for parents to instill the ideas of right and wrong to their children, as per Medium. Some parents have always taught their children about the freedom to act and the consequences of one's actions. Trump's electoral victory and his taunts against the minority has demoralized a lot of parents.
"It's hard to be a parent tonight, for many of us," CNN political commentator Van Jones said, per Facebook. "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?" he added.
Parents are now wondering how to explain Trump's victory and bad behavior to their children, according to Huffington Post. A survey conducted by Huffington Post showed that 75 percent of parents in the U.S. who have minor children agree that the new president does not provide a good example to the children. The anxiety is greater for parents who come from communities considered as minority in the U.S.