Memorial Day... growing up, this weekend meant that our family would be spending time at our neighborhood pool. It brings back memories of countless potlucks and cook-outs, friends and family, and the beginning of summer.
I encourage you to celebrate Memorial Day with your family and to consider the true intent of this holiday- to remember and honor those who have died in service for our country. There are many great books that you can share with your child, and ways that you can make this holiday more real and concrete for children. It is a fine balance with young children, but I believe that it is important to give your children information that they are able to understand.
Talk about how there are men and women who are no longer living because they were protecting our country and our freedom. If your family has a connection to a service person, talk about that person and their role in helping to keep us all safe. Consider going to a parade so that your child is able to participate in an experience in their community honoring local service-people. Talk about the American flag and how the reason why it flies at half-staff on Memorial Day.
There are many organizations that are accepting monetary donations to held defer the cost of placing flowers on the graves of our fallen soldiers. A simple internet search will give you some options. You could also participate in local events- here in Cincinnati, Spring Grove Cemetary has a number of events. Check your area for events hosted by various groups.
Beth is a mom first and foremost. She is also a trained Montessori teacher who is passionate about making the lofty ideals of the Montessori philosophy more real and manageable for families.