THE KIDS ARE LISTENING
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.