Helping, Honoring and Showing Our Gratitude
The fourth of July is a spectacular time around my house. We have a cookout with our church family and then watch our town's firework display. The kids have a blast! To my children it's always been just a day of excitement and fun, but I want them to understand that we need to be grateful for our country and the freedoms that we enjoy. It's important to me that they have an understanding of honoring the people who fight and defend the freedoms that we have.
Teaching my children lessons of honoring others is no easy task, but I want my children to care for others even at four and five years old. My husband and I encourage our children to pray for others: praying for their safety, praying for their needs, praying if they are sad or have a loved one who is hurting. We talk about ways that we can help others.
With kindergarten drawing near for my five-year-old daughter and preschool for my four-year-old son, I am trying to talk more about our current events without going into graphic detail. One of the things that we talk about is our military men and women. We talk about how they spend their days and nights helping our country by making sure it's safe. I have spent some time on the Internet and have found some wonderful websites that allow us to get involved in honoring our military in very tangible ways:
These websites have such practical and inventive ways to celebrate our country and thank those in our military. I hope you and your family will join me and my family as we help, honor and show our gratitude to the men and women in our military across the country and around the world.
Have a blessed July!