(Editor’s note: This letter was written prior to Nov. 6)
My son just turned 18 and has really started voicing his opinions on politics. Even though I support him and let him voice his opinions, he doesn’t know how to stop — especially with Election Day upon us. He has become very disgruntled with both main candidates and feels like if he votes for either of them, his vote will be wasted. He’d rather not vote for the president than choose someone he’s not fully confident in. I think he should vote, no matter what. He has been given this right, he should exercise the right to vote. How do I convince him?
—Political Dilemma Momma
Now, he seems like he needs his voice to be heard. So, tell him that. If he wants to play a role in America’s future, then he needs to vote. He doesn’t need to vote for the main guys, he can vote for whomever he chooses. That’s the great thing about being in America. Also, he’s not just voting for the president, he’s voting for his county and state’s representatives. He still has power when he votes, even if he doesn’t like either presidential candidate. Make sure he understands that.
(Editor’s note: Sharilyn Wells really doesn’t know much about anything, but she’ll definitely share her opinion with you whenever needed. To get a ‘straight up’ opinion to your countless issues, email firstname.lastname@example.org.)