How parents can help disappointed kids cope with the Trump win

Posted by on Nov 16, 2016 in Blog, What's New | Comments Off on How parents can help disappointed kids cope with the Trump win

The night of the election, Mary Laura Philpott and her 10-year-old daughter danced to “The Schuyler Sisters” from the Broadway musical “Hamilton,” a song about three strong sisters who depend on their brains, not their looks, to succeed in their patriarchal world. It was a perfect fit for a night both assumed they would be celebrating the first female president.

So when Philpott had to wake her daughter in the morning and tell her the news, she hesitated in front of her daughter’s bedroom door. “To me, it feels like what this taps into is the most primal parenting fear. I can’t protect you from everything,” Philpott, a writer in Nashville, said on her way to work. “I tried and I can’t do it. It’s the darkest sphere in parenting. That bad things happen we can’t protect them from. And that’s how I felt standing outside her room, thinking we did everything we could and we couldn’t make it happen.”

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