How to relate true freedom and values with your kids from Memorial Day weekend.
Do you ever feel kind of weird when your kids ask you about the real meaning of Memorial Day – when they’re in their teens? Let’s face it, most of us parents don’t make it an emphasis to explain to them what the old Decoration Day is all about. They’ll learn it in school or somewhere, right?
I mean, most of us are too busy planning Memorial Day as a vacation type of day. We work to spend time with loved ones over some good BBQ and games.
Others plan their shopping mall trips to get those sales they missed during Black Friday. But few take time to explain the memory of a hero to their kids.
Well, don’t feel so bad. We often don’t realize the importance of freedom when accustom to living in a great country. We don’t think much about it- until we learn to appreciate true freedom later in life.
Here are 3 Simple Ways of Teaching Kids the Meaning of Memorial Day
1. True Historical Facts
Share with your kids the historical facts about this important day. Sure it may take a little for them to understand why we would remember those who died in the battlefield.
Let them know about the freedom we enjoy today as a result of such heroic acts. Also share with them that freedom comes with a price.
Paint the picture of them experiencing freedom after they graduate High School. They will then choose to either go to college or get a regular job.
Meanwhile, they are doing something that is hard, often boring, and at times wondering if it’s worth it at all. Yet, this important process will benefit them and others in the end.
Their education will enhance their performance to make somebody life a little bit easier. This picture goes real well in relating the fight in the field, falling for their freedom. Truth is, people are always remembered for their heroic efforts and impact on others.
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2. True Recognition
It is important to keep in mind that by the time you’re done in this life you will be recognized by two things and two things only.
You will be recognized by the problems you helped solved and the problems you helped create. That’s it. So they might as well learn to solve problems early on.
Remind them of Fat Albert’s moto: “I don’t have any problems, I solve problems. “
3. Their True Identity
Every child is in search of their identity. In fact, identity is one of the major crisis in the world today. You can help your child begin to establish his/her identity in two ways:
a. Let them know who their true heroes are.
For most, our ancestors are our real heroes. For example, both of our grandparents were real heroes of ours.
My wife and I have skills, principles, and values that we obtained from our grandparents, whose values came from their parents and grandparents as well.
Find some good points in their grandparents, great-grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc., to help them see that they too fought to have a good life and provide a better life for their children.
They could appreciate that part of the reason they are born today with a great future ahead of them is due to their relatives. So establish a memorial of gratitude toward their past relatives.
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b. Let them know that their strongest, most solid identity is not found in anything in this world more than in Christ. (John 10:10) Jesus died as the greatest hero of all time to give us eternal life and a victorious life in on earth.
I have a great family and great parents and grandparents, but my true identity comes from Jesus. From that foundation the rest of my life goes.
This has provided such security in my kids that they know exactly who they are, what they like and where they’re going. The challenge and joy is in the journey. But that’s another topic for the another day.
During this Memorial Day Weekend, and even the rest of the week, establish a stronger foundation in your kids by teaching them the importance of remembering those who have fought for their lives.
Whether in the battle field, in the classroom, or in the kitchen – they are heroes that must be remembered.
Why? Because it is their principles and their values that they too will live by, practice and establish in their own lives.
While enjoying the BBQ, the parties, the shopping and the games, find some time to let your kids know how valuable they are because there were heroes that gave their lives for them.
Meanwhile, you as their parent, will eventually become their hero. Congratulations! You deserve a medal.
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