The 2016 presidential election will go down in history, but tragically, not for the reasons we hoped. What started out for many as a day of pride and promise slowly turned into a living nightmare for millions of voters. Processing this new reality is difficult for everyone, but those of us with kids have a particularly unenviable task: We are left to explain how a man who speaks so hatefully of so many -- a man who embodies every unkind and intolerant characteristic we discourage as parents -- has been elected to lead our country and keep them safe.
Yesterday was a day we'll never forget, the tense and tearful trajectory of which is illustrated perfectly through social media. One thing the posts in this slideshow prove: We are not alone in our feelings of despair and anger. And we don't want this for our children.
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