The first question of the second presidential debate inquired about the low-brow nature of this presidential election and the potential impact on children. Honestly, this election cycle is like nothing we’ve seen before, and parents on Twitter are tweeting out their frustrations. Here are some thoughts that probably went through your head while you were watching the debate with your kid.
1. “I’m actually so sorry about this.”
Parenting while engaging in the political process this year might be hazardous for your kids and yourself.
Watching the #debate with my son and daughter (10 and 13). I keep apologizing for our country. We are better than this.
— Todd McCubbin (@MizzouTodd) October 10, 2016
2. “I hope they’re not actually listening.”
Parents are hoping their kids don’t accidentally overhear the debate. That says a lot.
I'm actually concerned about what my 9 year old daughter might hear while watching the debate. THE PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE. #debates
— Tamara Mello (@Tamara_Mello) October 10, 2016
3. “It’s not usually like this, I promise.”
This might not be the best time to introduce your kids to our great democracy.
— 𝐒𝐭𝐞𝐯𝐞 𝐖𝐨𝐨𝐝𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐡 ن (@steve_woodworth) October 10, 2016
4.” This can’t be real.”
When SNL skits and the actual presidential debate are hard to differentiate, there just might be a problem.
My 12 year old son Henry after watching the debate for 2 minutes: is this real or Saturday Night Live? #Debate
— Caught in Southie (@maureencaught) October 10, 2016
5. “What’s going on?”
We’re actually all confused and disheartened, to be honest.
12 yr old daughter watching #debate
"so, they're allowed to rip on each other?"
— jonny blender (@jonnyblender) October 10, 2016
6. “Why is this happening?”
But really, how did we get here?
7.”Yeah, I’m not doing this right now.”
Some of us would rather suffer alone.
Sadly this is the first debate that I'm not watching with my daughter.
— lisaling (@lisaling) October 10, 2016
8. ” Wait, why am I watching this?”
When you’re trying to be an informed, responsible adult, but then you realize there are hundreds of other channels…
I was planning on watching this debate with my nearly 13 year old daughter. Now I think I need to send her to the other room.
— Joanna Going (@joannagoing1) October 10, 2016
9. “Maybe there’s some laughs to be had.”
Sometimes you have to laugh so you don’t cry.
13 year old daughter currently watching last night's debate, and is laughing at these two louder than a 70's laugh track.
— Doug Winship (@dawinship) October 10, 2016
10. “So, this is how it ends.”
It’s been real folks.
My 12 yr old son asked what our backup plan was after watching the debate.
That is the most intelligent thing I have heard tonight #debate
— Diane Campbell (@DianeC29) October 10, 2016