With the celebration of our Independence Day today, we know that families play a big part in contributing to the patriotism of our country. Patriotism is an important family virtue. Our children need to learn respect for the flag, respect for veterans of past wars and honor the U.S. Constitution. As they learn the U.S. Constitution in school, they must recognize the importance of how our forefathers worked to write what our country longed for to stand free for many years.
Our children need to remember to stand at attention when our national anthem is played and reverently pledge their allegiance to the flag each day at school. It is important to pass down the attribute of patriotism as this should be carried on into future generations. We need to instill a reverence in our children to remember the importance of our country’s history, the heroism of those who died to protect our freedoms, and how to retire an old flag.
Through books and movies, Americans are reminded of the great sacrifices our parents, grandparents and generations before have made in keeping this country free. With the help of knowledgeable parents, all children can learn to be devoted to their country and learn the importance of patriotism.
Here are a few ideas which can help parents teach their children about patriotism:
1. Post a U.S. flag: Buy a flag kit, hang it on the front of the house, and teach children to be respectful of it. The flag should never touch the ground and should always be removed when raining or at night unless a light shines on it. When the flag is being carried at parades, everyone should stand, remove any hats and place their right hand over their heart as it goes by. Discuss the appropriate behavior we should have for our country’s flag which can help children be more reverent of this great symbol.
2. Vote: One of the best ways children can learn about the importance of their country’s leadership is if their parents vote. Explain, and include children in the voting process. Discuss how important we are in choosing our national, state, and local leaders who make decisions for our country.
3. Be involved in community: Attend patriotic events and be the example when the national anthem is played by standing and singing along. Every year most communities have a patriotic celebration for Independence Day and this instills feelings of devotion and respect for our nation’s history. Make a fun day of it and children will respond. Join in singing the national anthem at ball games and other events and attend Veteran Day activities for children to meet those who fought to save our freedoms.
Instilling these patriotic ideals is an investment for the future. While some might feel patriotism is not necessary in these times, we can be a force for good in our country by teaching our future generations the reverence needed in patriotism. Families should remember the importance of our nation and its history and revere the flag. Include honoring our veterans for their sacrifice for freedom, and families can instill the importance of patriotism for years to come.