This is an amazing election year and so many things hang in the balance. We have many areas where we can talk to children about what this country stands for, the freedoms that we enjoy and the truth that it takes brave men and women to protect those freedoms. Children today have little idea, of what a sacrifice really is, or why it might be necessary to make one.
If you are a military family, why do you serve? Have you shared your reasons with your kids? If you are a civilian family have you talked to your children about the sacrifices of self, time with family, the things we take for granted, that military families make?
Children need to know that freedom is certainly not free. Never has been.
Maybe a good place to start is with the flag that represents our country. Here are things to know about the flag of the United States of America:
*The 13 stripes represent the 13 original colonies.
*Each star represents one state that is part of the United States.
* The colors of the flag are Red: Hardiness, Valor and Bravery.
White: Purity and Innocence. Blue: Vigilance, Perseverance and Justice. Talk with your children about the meaning of these words.
Teach children the right way to display the flag:
*Never let the flag touch the ground or floor
*If it is displayed on a wall, the blue field whould be on the left side.
*If displayed outside it should be illuminated, if not , only display it from dawn to dusk.
*The flag should be raised quickly and taken down slowly and ceremoniously.
When you are somewhere and the national anthem is played, make sure you stop, face the flag and place out right hand over your heart. Children observe what is important to you, and it becomes important to them.
Be sure to VOTE, your kids see what you do, it is important to exercise the rights that brave Americans have fought to protect!