Some of my favorite parenting memories are from things we did around the Fourth of July. We always tried to take the opportunity to not just enjoy the holiday, but also to teach our children about patriotism and about their American heritage. From learning to stand up and take off our ball caps when the American flag came by at the head of the Fourth of July parade to watching movies like Johnny Tremain on a very hot July 4 afternoon, we tried to make sure that our children learned something every Independence Day about the importance of being a proud American.
While some parents think patriotism is outmoded or no longer relevant, experience suggests it is important to share the value of patriotism with your children. Learn what you can do to teach your children about patriotism.
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