Assets in Action: Be a good role model

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

This week, I’d like to continue along the Community Values Youth path, with a spin on Community Values Itself.
Thank goodness it is Election Day, because it will finally be over tonight.
Perhaps the Mayans were wrong and they didn’t mean the world would end, but by the time this election came to pass, we might wish it had ended.
The most important thing is that if you are eligible to vote, that you cast your ballot. I believe if you don’t vote, you forfeit the right to complain.
As a nation, we have been horrible role models to our children during this entire process.
So take a minute to see it through the eyes of the children.
As a speech communications major, I love to listen to the debates and try not to argue with the television … I said, I try.
No matter what the outcome, tomorrow we need to do a good job to model acting like grown-ups.
Try and be old school tomorrow and reflect back on the days when you honored the position, no matter who sat behind the desk.
Jenna Bush Hager did a wonderful piece on the “Today Show” this morning, about youth elections.
We can learn a lot from the children.
Our youth aren’t allowed to berate each other, name call, say mean, ugly things or lie about their opponent. They are only allowed to talk about what they will do to make life better for people.
One first grade class was allowed to vote between 10 extra minutes of recess or one night of no homework. Each student received their own ballot and in some cases, had a box to walk into and a curtain to draw closed.
The outcome was no homework and the feelings on the other side of the ballot were hurt, but no one called the others evil names or asked for a recount.
Some local elementary teachers have students anonymously write their campaign speeches and assign each speech a number. Their fellow students cast a ballot on what they have heard, not who is popular, cute, kind, a good speechwriter or who has the most money.
We can learn a lot from the children.
NPR even issued an apology to five-year-old Abegal Evans, who’s YouTube video has had about 12 million hits, when she began to cry after so much negativity, as her mom listened on the way to the grocery store.
Way to go NPR.
If you know a youth that voted for the first time this year, praise them for allowing their voice to be heard by the world.

The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and the Los Alamos Chamber of Commerce sponsor Assets In Action.