Election 2020: Managing Election Stress for Parents
A recent poll by the American Psychological Association found that well over half of adults — 68 percent of adults — found the election season to be very stressful. Now, as we come down to the wire, anxiety over possible outcomes — and concern about the aftermath of the election — may be more stressful than ever.
And that stress and anxiety can get passed along to our kids. Beginning at a very young age, kids notice what is going on. Here are some resources to help ourselves manage election stress and talk to our children about the current political climate.
- The Los Angeles Times provides a list of ideas for “election self-care” at How to relax during election week and do something other than doomscrolling
- “Election Stress Disorder” has hit many people this Fall. Find ways to manage it at The New York Times: How to Avoid ‘Election Stress Disorder’
- Tips on talking with kids about the political environment at The New York Times: How to Talk About the Election With Your Kids
- Some ideas on how to help your family get off the emotional rollercoaster of the election: NPR: Anxious About The Election? Your Kids Can Tell. Here’s How To Talk About It
- Parenting ideas for managing stress during the election and beyond at Slate’s Election Stress: Parenting Advice