Between our kids' elementary school years and the time they reach the voting age of 18, they lose steam. Four years ago, only 41 percent of registered 18- to 20-year-olds showed up to vote in the presidential election.
We want our kids to be less intimidated by the word "politics" and to be engaged in the process, says Tammy Gagne, author of the book series A Kid's Guide to the Voting Process (Mitchell Lane, 2012). "A child who understands the importance of the issues won't see a ballot as just another piece of paper."
Kirsetin Morello is a freelance writer, blogger and mom.