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Once upon a time, or how to talk to your children about Trump

By Lisa Van Dusen      

This isn’t the first time in history that an American president has provided material for previously unthinkable parent-child conversations about politics. It is the first time a blanket disclaimer is in order.

Any explanations about the mystery that is Donald Trump should start with the palate-cleansing fact that he comes following the historic election of former U.S. president Barack Obama, writes Lisa Van Dusen. Photograph courtesy of Gage Skidmore
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One of the challenges of living in a time when attacks on democratic integrity have produced outcomes that defy long-standing notions of electability and reason is finding the right words to explain political events to your children. There was a time when questions of how to talk about politics with your children had almost entirely to do with age-appropriateness: was your eight-year-old equipped to handle the gruelling emotional intensity and colonial baggage of the flag debate? Were little

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