Everywhere you turn there are kids going literally crazy over the election results and the sad part of it is that, in most cases, it isn’t the children responding to the results, but rather a reflection of what they are hearing at home. No matter what side of the political divide you are on, what role, if any, should school counselors play in post-election turmoil?
But Kids Have a Right to Know – Don’t They?
From church pastors to the counselor at school, you may be urged to keep your emotions in check – at least where the kids are concerned. The answer to that is often, “But they have a right to know, don’t they?” And, the answer to that would obviously be, yes they do. However, there’s always a ‘but’ here. Kids do have a right to know which candidate you stand for and why. This is a reflection of your values and your core beliefs. What they don’t need is a parent who is slamming himself or herself around, acting like an overgrown toddler throwing a temper tantrum when they can’t get their way.
You Are the Parent and the Ultimate Role Model
Unfortunately, if you were to stand back and look at some of the behavior around the nation, that’s exactly what you’ll see. What kind of role model does that set? What kind of message is your child getting? Do as I say, not as I do? There needs to be a better way to express your displeasure over the outcome of the election so that kids aren’t getting the wrong message. No one ever promised you would be happy with everything in life and even though you strongly disagree along party lines, there are other ways to express your displeasure.
What Schools around the Nation Are Facing
If you’ve been following the news of late, the outcome of the recent election has created a great divide in our schools, public and private. This is, undoubtedly, the biggest upset in election history and as unbelievable as it is, the numbers don’t lie. While Mrs. Clinton and her legion are plotting to contest the election results, past records show that she, herself, had a hand in corrupting ballots in the past. So then, as the news of this leaks out kids are seeing that you can cheat in an attempt to win and when you still don’t win you are within your rights to start acting out inappropriately. Not a good message to send, but this is what schools around the nation are facing!
How Many School Counselors Are Handling the Crisis
As a result, many schools have extended their services to counseling online. They are providing a safe space for parents and children alike to share their feelings and talk through these issues. What role should school counselors play in the out-of-control post-election turmoil? This is a good start. School counselors should be helping kids learn to express their feelings without acting out inappropriate and oftentimes violent behaviors. And, for the record, no matter what their feelings, that is just what most counselors are doing.
However, it is unfortunate that these wonderful people who dedicate their lives to helping our children stay healthy of mind as well as healthy of body need to step into the role a parent should be playing. The next time you ask yourself what a school counselor should be doing to help your children through post-election turmoil, start by examining your own behavior. That’s where you’ll probably find your answer.