You want to teach your children about any holiday throughout the year and as a military family teaching them about Veterans Day is a must. What your child understands about the day might depend on the age of your child and their personality. Some will be a lot more interested in it than others.
Here are a few ideas on how to recognize Veterans Day with your children.
One idea is to tell them about the veterans in their family. If you are a military family this will of course include Mom or Dad but they might not know who else in your family served. Get out all the photographs you can find of family members in uniform over the years. Sit down together and show them each person and let them know when they served. Your children will enjoy seeing the photos and will be able to put a face alongside periods of history in our country.
If there are any Veterans Day parades in your area, you should plan to take your children. They can really learn a lot about the day by doing this. They can see the veterans in your community and learn a little bit more about the history of when people served. It is also a great way to participate in your community.
You can also host a Veterans Day craft party at your home. Invite some other families and find some fun crafts on Pinterest. You can find different cutouts and puzzles for them to do. You can also do this before a parade and make banners to hold when you go to it. Just getting the children thinking about what November 11 stands for is very important.
If you have older children that would be interested, you can show them a documentary on what it means to be a veteran. You can find these at your local library, on television or even online. After it airs, make sure to discuss it with your children. Let them ask you any questions they might have. Have them write down what they learned from watching the documentary.
A great way to give back is to have your children write letters to veterans in your community. They can be something as simple as a card with a picture on it. Anything they can do to show their appreciation would be a good thing. You can look in your community about different events that help veterans and see if there is anything you and your children can do to help them out. Doing so will be good for those who have served and will teach your children tangible ways of saying thank you to the military.
Even if you do not live in a military town you should be able to find something going on that you can take your kids to. Make it a habit to go somewhere every year so your kids will know the importance of that day. They will grow up learning what it means to serve and how we as Americans should treat those who have done so.