Do it for (and with) the kids

Tuesday, Nov. 6, is election day! My husband and I voted early on Saturday, and we were happy to see so many others lined up to exercise their right.

If you can, take your kids with you when you vote. They may be too young to fill in the bubbles, but they’re not too young to learn from your example. Research tells us that voting habits, just like many other habits, are ingrained in us at an early age.

I remember my parents voting. They also talked about politics, and my dad worked for political candidates. I remember walking the neighborhood with him. My siblings and I were all politically interested and active long before we were old enough to vote.

My grandfather was an immigrant, and one of the happiest days of his life was when he became an American citizen. I can’t even imagine NOT exercising my right to vote. It would be a dishonor to my parents and my grandparents.

My three children all vote. They have volunteered to work for the candidates of their choice. I have to think that my husband and I had something to do with those habits. We are both life-long voters, and we have always discussed issues with our children. Beyond that, we talked about our values, how to find the facts behind the emotion, and why we vote the way we do. We don’t expect our children to agree. Sometimes my husband and I don’t agree on a candidate or an issue, but we know why we are voting a certain way.

Even after all these years, I still feel a sense of civic pride when I cast my ballot. I hope you will take your children to the polling place with you, so that they will become voters as adults. Voting should not be what “other people do,” but what you do because you are an American citizen.

If you don’t know your polling place, or want to look at a sample ballot, go to or go to

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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Betty Casey has been editor of TulsaKids for over 20 years – her youngest child was 3-years-old when she started working for the magazine. She and her husband Wes have three young adult children. Betty’s blog ranges from writing about current issues or information of interest to local parents, reflecting on her life without kids at home, and posting a few recipes now and then. (Cooking and running are two or her favorite past-times.) Betty is the author/illustrator of three children’s books, "May Finds Her Way," "That is a Hat" and "The Prince of the Prairie" (The RoadRunner Press). She was named Blogger of the Year in 2014 by The Great Plains Journalism Awards, was a finalist in 2015 and won again in 2016. Most recently, she was named the 2017 News Blogger of the Year. She has also won numerous writing awards from the Parenting Media Association.

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