This weekend was a great weekend. We had BBQ, we had family, but best of all, I had a Memorial Day talk with my young kids. We talked a...
We talked about what Memorial Day is all about. Not the cooking, not the parties, not just a celebration. It is truly all about the soldiers who fought for our freedom and lost their lives. We have a day to remember them and their sacrifice, their families sacrifice.
I also talked about the freedoms we have in this country versus other countries, and how the soldiers made that possible. I want them to be aware that there are children in other countries who do not have the luxuries they do. They got a lesson on being thankful and appreciative for what they have and the privileges they receive that other kids don't.
I think it really hit home with them when we drove by a neighboring towns visitor center that had flags flying in respect for Memorial Day. My young gun asked why those where there. So the talk started over, and I explained why we fly the flag. He wanted to know if those soldiers died, so I told him yes that some of them do. He became real quiet.
To wrap up our talk, I explained to my kids (7&5) that they will no longer complain about no getting this, or not liking that. Or fussing about what I make for dinner...etc, because there are kids in other countries who don't get even a fraction of what they get. (I love those learning times!)
It was told that if they complained about what food I made, I would remove their plate from the table and replace it with a plate full of dirt, water and they could make mud cakes for their dinner, their choice.
And if they complained about what I bought and are not appreciative, they would get it taken away and donated to a shelter!!
So my fellow readers, I may seen harsh, I may seem mean, but I want my kids to grow up against the grain that main society has created. I want to ask those who are with me to help me come up with a good lesson for them...
If they complain about not getting the toy(or whatever) and throw a fit about it, what should be the lesson taught, how should I go about doing something proactive to teach that lesson??
Example: I was thinking that I would go ahead and buy it then donate that particular item to a shelter/orphanage...what are your thoughts???