I love this country. Though I have major problems with the current administration and certainly don’t agree with the war, I still have a great love and respect for this land of opportunity. It is important to instill in our children a love for this country as well. Patriotic children will grow into patriotic adults. They will feel compelled to act and make necessary changes, great and small, to better this country and the lives of those who live in it. This article offers some suggestions on raising patriotic children.
Fly The Flag. When I was a child, my father used to attach the flag to the front of the house on Memorial Day, the Fourth of July and Labor Day. All other days it was stored away. We fly the flag three hundred and sixty five days a year and only take it in during inclement weather to keep it from getting damaged. Children salute the flag every school day and it is important that they see the symbol of our country in their homes as well.
Take Your Children With You To Vote. Take your children with you to the polls and even into the voting booth with you. This is a perfect opportunity to teach them about the Democratic process, flaws and all. My children accompany me every time I vote, whether it is for the presidential election or the school board elections.
Discuss And Debate Politics In The Home. Encourage and engage in lively conversations about national, state and local politics within earshot of your children. This is especially effective if family members have differing opinions as it exemplifies the right of Freedom of Speech we have in this country. Ask your children their opinions and feelings on current events.
Visit The National Monuments. The Statue of Liberty, The Lincoln Memorial and The Liberty Bell are all excellent places to visit that educate children on the history of our country. If traveling in person is not an option, research the monuments on the Internet. Go above and beyond what is taught in school.
Spend Time With Veterans. Spending time with the men and women who risked their lives for the safety and freedom of ourselves and our children will surely have an impact on your children. Perhaps your father, grandfather or cousin has served our country and is a great source of pride for your family. Acknowledging their sacrifice and the selfless contributions they have made to ensure our continuing freedom will show your children how proud we are to have such wonderful men and women defending our country. An age appropriate conversation about their personal experiences will teach them much more than they could ever learn from a history book.
Apathy about the future of our country is one trait we can not afford in our children. Raising them to be patriotic and love our country will undoubtedly lead them to be politically conscious adults that can one day make major changes in this land of yours. After all, your child or mine could be President one day.