12 Surprising Things Kids Have Learned From the 2016 Election

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Those of us who care about children might be surprised to learn the 12 things kids have learned from this bizarre 2016 election.

This election. Moral decay seems to ooze from every commercial, tweet, debate, and soundbite. We worry about what our children are learning from the people who are supposed to be, well, presidential.

The truth is…the outrage from both candidates toward the other’s immoral behavior and our own chagrin over their behavior may be having the very effect we want for children. Actually, this post could be titled “Everything I Needed to Know About Life I Learned From the 2016 Election.”

Take a look at the 12 surprising things kids have learned from the 2016 election. From the very people whom we wish would model positive behavior.

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  1. Don’t be mean.
  2. Don’t interrupt.
  3. Don’t lie.
  4. Don’t hate.
  5. Don’t say bad things about people.
  6. Don’t break your promises.
  7. Don’t neglect doing a good job.
  8. Don’t say things in secret that you wouldn’t say in public.
  9. Don’t be irresponsible.
  10. Don’t break the law.
  11. Don’t be prejudiced.
  12. Don’t be disrespectful.

By the way, this is not a partisan post. You decide which candidate(s) have taught kids these important lessons for the health of our society.

And good job to you parents, teachers, ministers, and more who are speaking out when the candidates’ behavior is unacceptable. Our kids are learning from us more than they are from them. Keep up the good work!

Christine Yount Jones is executive editor for Children’s Ministry Magazine.

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Christine Yount Jones

Christine has more than 28 years of children’s ministry experience. She is the Executive Editor of Children’s Ministry Magazine, has authored many books and articles on children’s ministry, and serves as co-director of the KidMin Conference. She’s led teams in the development of leading innovative resources, including Buzz Instant Sunday School curriculum, Grapple Preteen Curriculum, and the new Dig-In Sunday School curriculum. Follow Christine on Twitter @ChristineYJones


  1. Here’s what we should really learn:
    Be kind.
    Let others speak.
    Be honest.
    We are called to love.
    Judge not.
    Let your yeses be yes and nos be nos.
    Do your best.
    Your words show your character!
    Be responsible with the gifts you have been given.
    Rules keep us safe.
    We are all God’s children.
    Honor your father and mother.

  2. Dave Hedgepeth on

    Hi Christine, I love these things kids have learned… but what kids? I am hoping you have gathered this from real kids in some way.

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