3 Things President Donald Trump Can Learn From My 6-Year-Old

Now they are going to see President Donald Trump. A man who is much different than President Obama. A man who acts much differently than President Obama.


Donald Trump is President. To many, they rejoice those words. To many, when those words are said their stomachs churn, and they begin to feel sick. Whether or not you like it, he is President.

This past election cycle was one that I paid much attention to. Having two kids, seeing our choices for President of the United States of America means a lot to me. I have one kid that is currently in the education system, and another who if I have anything to say about will be in school two years from now.

I paid more attention to this past election because I wanted to be able to make an informed decision, like most of us. I watched each night of the Republican and Democrat National Convention, and I watched all 3 debates.

There was part of this election cycle that I took particular observance of, how my son was viewing the candidates. I made sure that he knew early on that I was an undecided voter and was waiting to see everything that the candidates had to say before making my decision. I might have fibbed, like all good politicians, because I had my mind made up after the conventions. I wanted to make sure that he knew the importance of making a good decision and waiting to hear what everyone has to say before making that decision.

This Election Was About My Kids

It seemed to work because there was one car ride in particular, out of the blue he told me he wanted me to vote for a Hillary Clinton because she appeared to be a nice person. And that if Donald Trump becomes president, we can just fire him (if it were only that easy).

It made me stop and realize that this election was not only about me but that it REALLY was about him and his brother. Their world was going to change as a result of this election too. How long were they going to be able to stay on our health insurance? Whether or not friends would have to leave the country. And being able to marry whoever they wanted to, were all at stake.

Over the last six years (8 years as President) they have seen President Barack Obama. A President who has lead this country with dignity and poise. A man who is not only a great leader and President but also a great father and husband. 

Now they are going to see Donald Trump be our President. A man who is much different than President Obama. A man who acts much differently. A man who delivers the words in his speeches much differently. A man who makes fun of the people who are not like him. A man who is afraid of those people who are not like him. A man, who hides behind 140 characters. And a man, who likes to silence the voices that stand up against him or ask the hard questions.

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I watched a recent press conference of his and began to make a connection that I never thought I would make, Donald Trump could learn a few things from my 6-year-old. I’m not saying Donald Trump is a 6-year-old, although some would argue that he certainly acts like one. But these three values that I’m teaching my son are the same values that Donald Trump could use throughout his presidency to be successful. Because ultimately, in the end, that is what every wants, a successful Donald Trump as President.

Whining Won’t Get You Anything

There are times that our son is still learning this lesson, the hard way. So many times we are leaving Target, and he wants to get a new toy or candy, and we tell him no. Unfortunately, that is the harsh reality of being a kid; you don’t always get what you want. When he doesn’t, he will whine about not getting it. Which just reinforces to us that he didn’t need that new toy or bag of candy in the first place. Whining doesn’t get you anything and just makes you looks more childish.

Words Have Meaning

At 6, my son’s vocabulary isn’t that extensive. Neither is President Trump’s when you listen to him speak. But the few words that they know can and will hurt people. My 6-year-old has been caught name calling, to which he has owned up to (something Trump has yet to do when he hurts someone), and we told our son that he needed to apologize (something Trump has yet to do). Even if you say it in a locker room, there is a chance that whatever you said will get out and get to the person you are talking about. Those words can hurt. 

Interrupting Is Rude

All parents go through this with their children. At the dinner table when you and your partner are trying to have an adult conversation, your 6-year-old will chime in to tell you something that happened to them during the day. It ends up being way off topic and diverts the conversation to a place that you never envisioned a conversation going. With a 6-year-old, those times that he interrupts we are asking him to let the person who is talking finish and waiting his turn. If you watched Donald Trump during the debates, he was constantly interrupting and diverting the topic away from the original question. Much like my 6-year-old son. 

Some might look at this and wonder, why only 3? Well, how much time do you have?

I’m not calling President Donald Trump a child in all of this. I am not saying that he won’t make a good President. He might, who knows, we will just have to wait and see. But these are the values that I’m teaching my 6-year-old that President Trump could learn from.

The Rookie Dad

The Rookie Dad is father of 2, husband, TV Producer, runner, and co-founder of Dads Round Table and a contributor to Traveling Dad and Good Men Project.

2 Comments

  1. We are both in the same boat. I watched this election closely, voted for Hillary and worry about a Trump Presidency. My son is 2 so I worry Trump is the only President he will know for awhile and his behavior makes me cringe.

    • That is where the parents come into play in all of this. We have to be able to tell our children that even though he might act certain ways it is not OK for someone to be doing that and he no one has told him that it isn’t OK… even though I’m sure someone down the line has told him.

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