031: Three Easy Ways to Teach Children the True Meaning of Patriotic Holidays // Brittany Richman and Andrea Reeve, The American Moms

 

Teaching patriotism is really important, but sometimes, I’m not sure where to begin! 

If you’re like me, you’ll love this conversation I had with two expert moms, Brittany Richman and Andrea Reeve. These awesome women are twin sisters who are passionate about politics and patriotism. They are former White House and Capitol Hill staffers, and they run the blog The American Moms, which is dedicated to civic, civility, and raising educated kids. 

I loved the insights Brittany and Andrea shared regarding teaching patriotism through the holidays – particularly Memorial Day and the 4th of July. I left the conversation so inspired I hopped right on Amazon and bought 6 books (I listed the books I bought below 👇)! 

 

Teaching Patriotism: 3 Easy Ways to Help Our Kids the True Meaning of the Holidays 

 

1. Talk with your kids about why being an American is special to you. 

Help your kids understand why being an American is such a privilege. List the freedoms you appreciate – religious freedoms, freedom of speech, etc. Talk to them about the amazing educational opportunities they have. Have age-appropriate political discussions and model how to be respectful of both sides of political issues. 

 

 

2. Know the history and get your kids excited about it. 

I loved the quote they shared from David McCullough:

 “One might also say that history is not about the past. If you think about it, no one ever lived in the past. Washington, Jefferson, John Adams and their contemporaries, didn’t walk around saying ‘Isn’t this fascinating living in the past? Aren’t we wearing our funny clothes?’ They lived in the present. The difference is, it was their present, not ours. They were caught up living in the moment exactly as we are, and with no more certainty of how things would turn out than we have.”

Take the time to learn the history of each holiday. Learn the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Dig into what happened on the 4th of July. Find out about Flag Day! Google can be your best friend here! You can also use the app History Here to find out historical events that happened near you. Your kids will understand the meaning of the holidays more as they understand the history they commemorate. 

 

3. Celebrate purposefully in a way that appropriately commemorates that holiday. 

John Adams said our independence “ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade.” Once you and your family understand the history of the holidays, find specific ways to celebrate that honor the purpose of the holiday. For Memorial Day, you could consider joining in the national moment of silence at 3:00 pm. You could learn from those who have lost loved ones for our country and find out how they feel about the sacrifice. You could also visit a veteran’s cemetery or a battlefield. For Independence Day, you could read stories about the events that took place, play songs, visit historical sites, or look on the National Archives website to see the original documents. You could also begin the day with a prayer of gratitude for your freedoms. 

 

Don’t you love all these great, doable ideas for teaching patriotism to our kids? I am so inspired. 

 

 

Click here for a list of patriotic resources compiled from The American Moms and others. 

 

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Teaching Patriotism: 3 Easy Ways During the Holidays with The American Moms. 3 in 30 Takeaways for Moms with Rachel Nielson. Top Motherhood Podcast.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

>>>What did you think of these takeaways from Brittany and Andrea on teaching patriotism during the holidays? What do you do in your home? Share in the comments below! 

 

 

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Related Episodes like this one on Teaching Patriotism:

 

 

The books I purchased to teach my kids about patriotic holidays:

 

About Our Guest:

Brittany Richman and Andrea Reeve are twin sisters who are passionate about politics and patriotism. They are former White House and Capitol Hill staffers, and they run the blog The American Moms, which is dedicated to civic, civility, and raising educated kids. 

 

 

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