From Kara Green
Rick and I tell people everywhere we go: education begins at home. I can’t stress enough how important it is to begin educating your child at an early age about our American heritage. As Noah Webster so wisely said:
“Every child in America should be acquainted with his own country. He should read books that furnish him with ideas that will be useful to him in life and practice. As soon as he opens his lips, he should rehearse the history of his own country.”
Noah Webster, On the Education of Youth in America, 1788
The wonderful thing is that there are some great resources out there for teaching our kids about their heritage. We make it a point in our home to talk to our kids frequently about what is going on politically in our nation and then to ask them “What does the Constitution say about that?” We then open up the Constitution and go searching for the answer. The key is making a conscious effort to make these conversations with your child a daily habit. Just like anything in life…practice makes perfect and the more familiar our kids are with the Constitution, the better informed they will be the first time they vote, or the first time they jump into a political discussion at the dinner table or with friends.
“Every member of the State ought diligently to read and to study the constitution of his country…By knowing their rights, they will sooner perceive when they are violated and be the better prepared to defend and assert them.”
John Jay, Founding Father
Here are a few things you can start today that Rick and I implemented with our kids when they were very young to instill Patriotism:
- Every time we see a service man or woman (in the airport, restaurant, etc) all 4 of our kids go shake their hand and thank them for their service. At first, when our kids were little they would follow Rick’s lead and walk with him. Now that they are older, the second they see a soldier, they take off without hesitation and enthusiastically thank that soldier. It’s been a joy to watch our kids develop that confidence and see their love for our Country grow.
- We love to support and recognize our veterans any way we can. Visit your local VFW and let those veterans tell your child some old war stories. Your child will love it and you will be a blessing to that vet.
- Send letters or cards of encouragement and thanks to our soldiers who are deployed overseas. Letting them know that they are appreciated is so important. A quick Google search will help you find many organizations that mail letters to soldiers all year around.
If you and your family have found a neat way to honor our veterans, let us know about it. We are always looking for new ideas to pass on to our readers.
Below, we have made one chapter of our book ‘Our American Story’ available to you for free. We hope you enjoy it!