If there's one thing we've learned throughout this campaign, it's that our children are listening. For some, like my daughters, this is the first time they've felt a vested interest in the speeches and debates, events they previously considered boring. Even the kids who didn't watch specific events heard about it from family and friends.
And let's face it, it hasn't been pretty.
Thankfully, the words coming from the candidates today have been an improvement. In his acceptance speech, President-Elect Trump asked Americans to begin to put their differences aside so that we can move forward together:
"For those who have chosen not to support me in the past, of which there were a few people, I'm reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so that we can work together and unify our great country."
Clinton had a similar message in her concession speech:
"We have seen that our nation is more deeply divided than we thought. But I still believe in America and I always will. And if you do, then we must accept this result and then look to the future. Donald Trump is going to be our president. We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead."
She also recognized how important this election had become to young people, telling the people who had worked for her campaign, "[p]lease never stop believing that fighting for what's right is worth it."
But the moment that touched me the most was when she talked about aiming high (at the 11-minute mark in the video above.)
"And to all the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and to achieve your own dreams."
If this election has produced any lasting message for my daughters — and for all of our daughters — I hope it's this.