By Maura Carabello
I’m like many Americans who are stressed right now about our country’s image abroad, our policies and our collective moral compass. Political discussions, rightly so tend to focus on where we want change and what we are worried about. But in the midst of focusing on what I want changed, I don’t want to forget to express my deep appreciation for my county. Now I think public flag waving is often a political act, and that’s probably why I’m suspect of it. SO I’m talking about a month of Good ol’ God Bless America where values are most likely to take root --- AT HOME.
This upcoming month I’m going make sure my kids hear from me why I love my country and what I want our country to look like…maybe that will start a new conversation about the next President.
A few things to do:
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- Do our kids know all the many stories of people sacrificing in that uniquely American spirit? From stories of war and struggle, to the Underground Railroad, standing up for the little guy, workers striking for acceptable working conditions, and small acts of American kindness in your local community. www.loc.gov – the library of congress has a GREAT kids and families section www.pbs.org as great freedom stories
- Do our kids know the pledge of allegiance, and its history? Including alternative versions http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pledge_of_Allegiance
- There are lots of good children’s songs about America. You’re a grand old Flag http://kids.niehs.nih.gov/lyrics/grandold.htm ; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You're_a_Grand_Old_Flag Yankee Doodle; Fifty Nifty United States; God Bless America
- Books for Children: Lynne Cheney is one of many authors who have written a series of good books about America for children - A is for Abigail: An Almanac of Amazing American Women; Our 50 States: A Family Adventure Across America and others.
- Great book for everyone pick up: Caroline Kennedy’s A Patriot’s Handbook