How to explain the government shutdown to your kids

Oct. 1, 2013 at 10:15 AM ET

Explaining Government Shut Down to Kids
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Explaining Government Shut Down to Kids

If there’s one good thing to come out of the current mess over Obamacare (also known as the Affordable Care Act) in Washington, it’s the opportunity to give a civics lesson to your kids.

To find the right words to explain it (or to get a crash course in it yourself), this 3-minute video from TIME is genius. It features real, hilarious questions from kids (Will the president still go to work? Will I get to stay home from school? Will Canada invade us?) as well as text that works as a great primer to how government programs work and what happens when lawmakers can’t agree.

Mom of two Sasha Emmons is a writer and editor. Follow her on Twitter and Google+.

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