Every child at a tender age is looking up to you for knowing and understanding what patriotism is all about. Answer them graciously and give complete answers with a strong backed reason as to why loving your own country is too important a thing.
Teaching kids patriotism is more important than ever. It’s not just flying the flag, singing the national anthem, and saying the pledge. But why we’re proud to be Indian and what it means to not just to be good to others, but the real spirit of patriotism.
A feeling of belongingness, love, and pride towards your nation and value it highly while wishing for its well-being is the true meaning of patriotism. No one-line definition can define patriotism though, but the essence of what it is all about has to be taught.
So here are a few ways that will not just teach kids patriotism, but remind you why it’s important for us to remember what it means to be an Indian.
- It’s more than flying the Flag…but that’s a start.
- Don’t just say the Pledge or sing the National Anthem. Understand and explain what the words really mean.
- Explain the colours of the Indian Flag and the history beyond colours.
- Know the freedoms that make our country what it is.
Also, let them understand…….
Let your child know about national festivals. Tell them that days holding national importance are not just school holidays. Take them to the park and let them enjoy and participate in the flag hoisting. Accompany them as they would bombard with questions which you only can and should answer.
Tell them the history of events holding national importance so that it seeds deep into his mind as to why and how the series of events took place which has made up to this occurrence of time. Let them know how and why did we get our flag, National Anthem, National Bird, National Animal, Etc….
Visit places of national importance like Red Fort, Wagah Border, Jallianwala Bagh to name a few. They will enjoy and learn. They will also form a tendency of linking the past with the current scenario. This will inculcate reasoning in them.
Write/Read stuff for them. Bring them books with short stories on patriotism, national festivals and their importance. You will again be flooded with questions. Cater to each bit of it solemnly. They are growing and will watch your words very carefully.
Inculcate in them the responsibilities of a good citizen. Tell them why we are following ‘Swacch Bharat Abhiyan’. Tell them about proper garbage disposal. Also, tell them that praising your own country doesn’t have to involve demeaning words for the other nation.
Update them with the news which is highly in media circulation. Answer their questions and here, tell them that the national emergency has arisen due to the intrusion of other nations in our boundaries. Also, let them know that the soldiers of the nation are protecting us 24*7.
Inculcate the importance of cleanliness of the country. Let them start from their own self. Move onto their house, then school, locality, and then the national aspect. Let them know that the garbage will do only harm. Share videos and short stories on the cleanliness of the nation. Planting trees and importance, sustainable living, not to wastewater and many other important daily things.
Learn and read about Freedom Fighters with your child. Do not forget to educate them about the struggle for independence, About the freedom fighters, and how did they make of our constitution. Use no technical jargon otherwise; the efforts shall go in vain.
Respect the national flag and national symbols. Tell them that the flag is a tricolor and the meaning of those colors. Also let them know that the chakra in between, the blue one, stands symbolizes the progress of the nation. Tell them that the national flag should not touch the ground and always hold high. Tell them about our National Emblem and the National Anthem. Tell them what’s beyond basics.
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