Are your kids noticing political ads?

5:58 PM, Nov 2, 2012   |    comments
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One child's breakdown is a prime example. Four-year-old Abigale Evans broke into tears after becoming weary of talk about the presidential race. Video, taken by her mother, shows the child crying at the thought of "Bronco Bamma and Mitt Romney." That video has now been shared nationwide.

Psychologist Dr. Peggy Mitchell Norwood says that political ads could be causing stress among lots of kids, unbeknownst to their parents.

"Kids have a hard time processing figures of speech and euphemisms [like] the 'disappearing middle class.' That can be very frightening for a child, because they take it literally," Dr. Norwood said.

A recent column on brought up the issue. The writer of that article, noted "My kids have seen ads from both presidential candidates, leaving them confused, worried, and even angry at times."

Amber Johnson, editor of Mile High Mamas, says that her own daughter has been affected by negative ads too asking.

"She's learning are they addressing the issues, or are they attacking someone's character," Johnson said.

Instead of banning television and internet videos, where political ads may pop up, Dr. Norwood recommends creating positive lessons out of negative ads.

"Help them process the information in a way they can understand," she said. "[Explain that] there are bullies on the playground and there are bullies on the campaign trail. But that's not what we do."

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