Talking to kids about the Inauguration

It's not a conversation most parents thought they'd have to have. Here's why this year is different.

News of the upcoming presidential Inauguration excites the Frayer family of metro Detroit. They welcome the new administration and are thrilled that it marks the first time that a woman—and a woman of color—will serve as vice president of the United States.

Rob and Jennifer Frayer have shared their joy with their seven-year-old daughter, Emerson. But they don’t plan to let her watch the historic Inauguration with them, even though—like Vice President-elect Kamala Harris—their daughter is part Asian. Instead, assuming all goes well, they’ll watch repeats of it together later, when they can control what she sees.

Parents have good reason to be concerned about the Inauguration after the January 6 attack on the Capitol that led to the deaths of five people, says DePaul University associate professor Alyssa Westring, co-author of Parents Who Lead. News reports of plots to cause more violent disturbances as the Inauguration draws near adds to concern.

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