Parades, BBQs and Privilege

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Memorial Day seems to mark the kick off of summer. And with that comes camping season, barbeques, parades, pool openings and a plethora of additional warm-weather fun.

It’s easy to forget why it is we are awarded an extra long weekend. I admit I have taken it for granted and never realized that kids often have no idea what it is they are really celebrating at those parades with all of the people in uniforms waving flags and throwing candy.

I have a military family member, so it’s been a natural part of discussion in my household. My 5-year-old knows that some people choose to learn how to protect their country in the event that they would have to. We’ve taught him that freedom is a privilege many people have fought for us to have. What’s tough to convey to children so young is that many have died for this right.

How do you broach this subject with your children?
What do you do to celebrate the long weekend with your kids?

Thanks to all those who serve our country and all of those who have done so in the past.

—Sarah Jo Sautter, Beaumont Parenting Program Blog Editor and Publisher

Check out a tasty BBQ recipe from last year here.

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