What a week, right? I’m finding my emotions getting the best of me over these past few days–anyone else with me?? When I sat down to tell you about some great new products in time for Christmas, it just didn’t feel right. Instead I felt the need to remind us all how to treat each other (yes, even on social media). Because, regardless of our political views, we need to teach our children to respect other people (and give the President-elect a little reminder as well).
10 weeks. In just 10 weeks you will be sworn in as President of the United States of America. Commander in Chief. POTUS. Chief Legislator. Some even consider that role to be the most powerful position in the world. So while you might like to spend the next 10 weeks hosting lavish parties, thanking supporters and relaxing, let me remind you that you only have 10 weeks to get ready to “make America great again.”
As a mom, I’d like to give you a little advice about making America great. The advice has nothing to do with politics and everything to do with human kindness. It’s quite simple, actually—in fact, it’s advice that I’ve heard many times and advice I even give my three young children. Before you speak, think. That’s it. You see, Mr. Trump, whether or not I agree with you on issues facing our country, you are our next President. You are the person many young children are looking up to. If you belittle a disabled person, our children will do the same. If you mock other cultures, our children will do the same. If you are a bully, our children will be the same.
Take a deep breath and ask yourself these 5 things: Is it true? Is it helpful? Is it inspiring? Is it necessary? Is it kind?
Mr. Trump, I do not envy you. You are taking on what will decidedly be the most difficult job of your life. You will never please everyone. People will love you. People will hate you. But in 10 short weeks you will represent all of the American people. My disabled sister. My African nieces and nephew. My Vietnamese sister-in-law. My three young, impressionable children. Picture them by your side and, please, think before you speak.