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Friday, July 5, 2013

Teaching Our Kids About Patriotism

Due to recent events, I have talked to my kids a lot more about what it means to be patriotic.  It means we love our country, not that we love our government or our leaders.  On Monday, we decorated our van to show our pride in the USA and then we read The Declaration of Independence together.  My 13-year-old chose the words, "We the People".  I wrote, "Freedom". A flag was drawn by my 9-year-old.  I taught my daughter how to draw stars and my 10-year-old added, "Liberty".  Fireworks and confetti were the final touch.
 
It was truly inspiring and eye opening to read those words in The Declaration of Independence again.  I told my kids, "We learn this in school not because it is just a history lesson but because we need to remember what happened and we need to hold our leaders accountable.  We need to make sure they are doing what they are supposed to be doing.  They work for us."
 
I have spent the last month or so writing to senators and representatives about the many issues our country is facing right now.  I feel like I don't have a right to complain if I fail to write my representatives, even if I know they are only going to send a predictable form letter. 
 
I'm using my First Amendment rights wherever I can.  When I think about our soldiers who fight for our freedom and don't even have the right to voice their own opinions about our administration, I feel a duty to speak out.  My husband served in the Air Force and it was very difficult for him to stay silent.  Now my brother is in Afghanistan and I can only imagine how much he is holding his tongue now.   
 
I love my country and I will raise up my kids to be devoted to it and protect it. 
 

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