THE KIDS ARE LIS­TEN­ING

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - NEWS -

In the run-up to the hol­i­day, Ber­nadeia Johnson took to Twit­ter with some ad­vice: “Thanks­giv­ing is the first hol­i­day af­ter the elec­tion. chil­dren may not be at the adult ta­ble but they hear your convo. Model ci­vil­ity”

On Thanks­giv­ing Day, the Min­neapo­lis grand­mother and ed­u­ca­tor ac­knowl­edged there still could be some “talk­ing smack” around the din­ner ta­ble at her cousin’s house.

“It’ll be loud and lively at our ta­ble,” said Johnson, for­mer Min­neapo­lis schools’ ad­min­is­tra­tor who is now an as­sis­tant pro­fes­sor of ed­u­ca­tion lead­er­ship at Min­nesota State Univer­sity, Mankato.

“We will ar­gue and there will be con­flict — in good fun,” she said. “Even if there wasn’t some­thing go­ing on, we’d have to find some­thing for peo­ple to get riled up about.”

Johnson said she be­lieves ev­ery­one at the gath­er­ing gen­er­ally agree on political top­ics, and “we will make Trump the turkey.” How­ever, if one cousin who pre­dicted a Trump vic­tory at­tempts to un­der­score that point, “We’ll just look at each other and roll our eyes,” she said.

She said it’s im­por­tant for chil­dren to see peo­ple com­ing to­gether — even in dis­agree­ment.

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