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Caitlin Flynn
November 09, 2016 3:18 pm

After an incredibly divisive and painful election cycle, Donald Trump has been elected president. Needless to say, this is not the result that many of us had hoped and prayed for, but it’s time to recognize our new reality and find ways to cope with it. #WhatDoWeTellTheChildren is trending on Twitter, and many of us are at a loss for words, so we spoke with an expert about how to talk to your kids about the election.

So where do we begin?Stephanie O’Leary, Psy.D. urges parents to step in and provide a voice of reason for their children:

O’Leary acknowledges that, over the next four years, it’s unlikely that Trump will change his behavior and rhetoric. Although the president absolutely has an impact on everyone in our country — children included — she emphasizes that parents are their kids’ most important role models.

When hateful and disrespectful rhetoric has defined an election cycle, it’s up to us to rise above it and lead by example — even when we’re experiencing painful emotions surrounding the outcome. O’Leary discusses how she approached the outcome with her own children this morning.

As O’Leary emphasizes, she and every other parent has the power to make a positive impact on their children –regardless of who resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

Although last night’s outcome was upsetting to many, we can lead by example and prove to our children that love truly does trump hate.

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