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How to talk to kids about the midterm elections

A message from our editor-in-chief

Hello to The Week Junior community,

Election season is always an exciting time in the United States, and there’s a great deal at stake this year, from the balance of power in the House and Senate to numerous positions at the state and local level. It’s a perfect opportunity to help young people understand how our democracy works.

The Week Junior is here, as always, to help kids make sense of what can be a confusing process. This is an informed, aware, and involved generation of children, and we know they want their questions answered and want to feel a part of what’s happening. 

We also know they will have opinions, which we encourage you to explore with them and support. I hope our resources build excitement and spark family discussions in your home.

With my best wishes,

Andrea Barbalich


Helping kids understand the midterm elections

The Week Junior will be covering the midterm elections as they unfold. Our news stories are written in a calm, factual, and age-appropriate way to help kids make sense of what’s going on. See our content from Issues 125/126 and 129. (You may also like to see our Big Debate, "Should kids be allowed to vote?" from Issue 27)

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What does democracy mean to you?

The midterm elections can help kids understand the concept of a democracy and decide what it means to them. We’ve provided a form they can use to share their ideas, in words and drawings, with us. You can email the form to hello@theweekjunior.com. We will publish some submissions in future issues.