M is just as interested in politics as E and I are, so we’ve developed some age-appropriate guidelines for his political involvement.
1) If you’re watching results come in for a state primary, you still have to go to bed at the regular time. If you’re good, we’ll make an exception on Super Tuesday.
2) For the presidential election in November, you can stay up until there’s an obvious winner or until the 11 pm post-poll-closing news report, whichever comes first.
3) You can watch the acceptance speeches while you eat breakfast the next morning.
4) You can read political satire from the Onion if we find an article that we think is hysterically funny. But you’re not allowed to repeat any of the crude language in it at school.
5) If someone calls doing a poll, you are free to claim you are a registered voter and answer based on how you think we’ll vote, or on how you would want to vote, whichever you prefer.
6) Don’t ever marry into a family of rabid Republicans.