Dad Days of Summer: While Momania’s Theresa Walsh Giarrusso takes a vacation, local dad and sportswriter Andy Johnston will be filling in. You can e-mail him firstname.lastname@example.org.
When kids are 4 or 5, you’re never sure what their minds grasp. I’m happy if Ty’s is focused on something other than Lego, candy, cartoons or digging in the dirt for more than 10 minutes.
He grasps things quickly – when he wants to – and one of the things I’m glad he’s learned what the American flag looks like.
We bought one for our front porch more than a year ago. He wanted to know what it was and why we were putting it on our house.
I told him that we lived in America and that the flag was a symbol of our country. I’m sure I said a lot of other wise things about freedom and patriotism and George Washington and the Declaration of Independence and stuff like that, all of which led to his response of something like: “That’s red. That’s white. That’s blue. It has stars on it.”
Still, I think it was a strong start in teaching him about our country’s history and heritage. The Fourth of July is a critical part of that.
I enjoyed writing about shooting bottle rockets at my friends in a previous blog – and reading about your creativity with explosives — and that was an important part of my youth.
But my parents always made sure I knew the meaning behind Independence Day. The real one, not that movie where Will Smith blew up that huge alien ship.
I’m proud of our history, of our traditions, of the foundations that America was founded on, and I plan to make sure Ty learns about them as he grows.
Even though this site is called grandparents.com, it offers a good step-by-step process for teaching kids about patriotism.
So have a great Fourth of July, but don’t forget to tell your children what it’s all about.
Do you teach your kids about American history? When did you begin teaching them about patriotism?
Does your family have any Fourth of July traditions, like reading the Declaration of Independence?
- By Andy Johnston, for the Momania blog