We say the kids are the future leaders and social workers of the country, but we miss teaching them about patriotism from an early age. Imagine a situation where your kids can recite the Pledge of Alliance with a sense of pride and understanding. Many parents aspire to this vision but often find themselves unsure how to cultivate such a profound sense of patriotism. In this guide, we shall embark on simple activities to spark lifelong love and appreciation for one’s country.

  1. Teach your kids about the national flag.

Every country has a different flag with different symbols, each representing the country in this case. Many children have a clear picture of how the American flag look like but lack the understanding of what the symbols and color represent. Discuss the meaning of the flag’s stars, stripes, and colors with your kids and ensure they understand what each represents. Also, we teach our kids how to handle and fold the flag properly. You can buy strong polyester outdoor American flags as learning material to make it more practical. 

  1. Celebrate national holidays

Similar to how you celebrate Christmas or Easter, make it a custom in your house to celebrate national holidays like Independence Day, Veteran’s Day, and Memorial Day. Incorporate activities that teach the kids the importance of that day. Engage in discussions that help the kids understand the reason for celebration and the sacrifices made by generations before for the country. To make it more memorable, you can decorate your home with décor representing the meaning of that day. 

  1. Learn and sing patriotic songs.

Similarly, to how you help your kid learn the ABC song, you can also teach your kids some patriotic songs. Explain to them the lyrics’ meaning and the songs’ origin. This will help the kids understand the country’s history and values. Other than patriotic songs, help your kid learn the national anthem and understand what they should do when it is played or sung. Work on understanding the meaning of the songs rather than cramming them.

  1. Visit historical sites

Historical sites are landmarks that date back and represent a particular occurrence in the past. You can organize field trips to visit the sites as a family, society, or with the school. Explain the importance of the historical sites to the kids and help them understand how they contribute to the country. You can also visit the museum where the kids can learn about famous historical figures like inventors and their contributions to the government.

  1. Teach your kids about the government.

Learning about the government is a critical subject that most parents and schools should engage in. Help the kids understand the branches of the government, who makes and amends the law, who rules the central courts like the Supreme Court, the proceedings of parliament, and the overall duty of the government. You can access learning materials online to help your kids understand the functioning of the government and the making of laws. Another way is to visit parliament or organize meetings with politicians to gain firsthand experience from people in the government.

Overall, we cannot forget to encourage our kids to respect the people who sacrifice their lives to protect the country. We should also ensure that our kids have basic knowledge of citizen responsibility, democracy, and human rights.