Did you know there are 74 million Americans who cannot vote in the upcoming election? They are our children, and while they are too young to physically cast a ballot, their voices should be heard.
That's the message behind a new video urging parents to think about how their votes will impact their kids' lives on November 8.
"Vote for me," the children say in the short video, and they also talk about issues that matter to them. Like gun control. And fair wages.
But most importantly, the children, who range in age from 5 to 17, remind us that we, their parents, are basically voting on their futures. Powerful, huh?
I'm certainly thinking about my own children as I weigh my decision in this election. I know what kind of world I'm hoping they inherit, and that will be at the front of my mind when I cast my vote.
“I was reading an article about undecided voters, and thought to myself, ‘We need to elevate this conversation beyond two personalities or agendas,’” Jared Matthew Weiss, the video's creator, told Parents.com. "When we vote, we design the future. And since the future belongs to the young—and they’re not allowed to vote—we have a tremendous responsibility to show up for them and cast a ballot.”
And in case you (like me) were wondering if the kids were fed their lines, Weiss said they came up with every line on their own.
"When I first pitched the idea, I sent over a script, and the kids refused. They said they wanted to share their own thoughts," he recalled. "It was an inspiring moment to realize that young people—even 5- and 6-year-olds—have a vision for the world they want to grow up in.”
No matter who you plan to vote for in this crucial election, the most important thing is that you vote. Take your kids! Let them see the process. My girls will be by my side on November 8.
How about your kids? How do they figure into your decision of who to vote for in 2016?
Join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #VoteForThem.
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Find her on Facebook where she chronicles her life momming under the influence. Of coffee.