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What Did Your Children Think Of The Election?

07/05/2010 23:21 | Updated 22 May 2015

Where I live in Brighton, we have just elected the country's first Green MP, Caroline Lucas. I was discussing this with my six-year-old son, who says he approves: "I like green. It's my favourite colour. It's the colour of Yoda".

My ten-year-old daughter was pleased too, and is looking forward to the time when she can vote, though "Teacher said not to vote BNP". She said her Sylvanian Families were having their own election, with the bear who runs the barbeque favourite to win.

A friend was canvassing for The Green Party, but found that the message wasn't getting through to her seven-year-old, who was confidently telling his pals in the playground: "Don't vote Green, they are the baddies, it's the same colour as aliens".

How much of this election campaign has rubbed off on our children? Clearly the party colours are a big deal. A hung parliament spells a certain amount of uncertainty. The options are complicated, when children prefer straightforwardness and certainty.

What did your children have to say about the election? Are they interested or does it all go over their head? What questions have they been asking you?

My children are now most interested in the domestic details. They're pleased that their Granny, who has campaigned for the Alliance Party in Northern Ireland, has finally seen her candidate elected. They want to know who is going to live in Number 10 Downing Street, and where their children will go to school. They'd also quite like all the boring political programmes to be over so they can switch back to CBBC.

The three live TV debates and the unknown outcome seem to have made this campaign more exciting than previously, and younger voters have become more engaged. And at least the students will know next time not to leave voting till the end of the day.

Leave a comment below and let us know what your children have been saying about the election

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