President’s Day Can Be a Reminder to Speak Out

I’ve blogged before on teaching our children to be political activists. I’m a proponent. So here it is President’s Day and I wanted a subject that everyone, no matter where you are politically and/or philosophically, could agree would be important to teach kids and for which ewe could use President’s Day as a reminder.

With a flourish, I announce: stand up for what you believe in. Yep, there it is. I think pretty-much everyone agrees that the right to speak out is one upon which this country was based.

Instill the importance of our fundamental right to meet together and voice our opinions.

Instill the importance of our fundamental right to meet together and voice our opinions.

From our founding fathers to me right here and now, freedom to speak has been held dear by Americans. As a rather religious college student, I learned to avoid negative feedback by keeping my personal beliefs to myself. And isn’t that too bad?!

I think of myself as diplomatic; I’m not out to attack other people. Back in those days though, my outspoken-to-the-max friend Toni had less favorable adjectives. And sometimes she was right. I was afraid to speak out. It is still sometimes hard for me to voice my opinions publically.

But I want my children to know that it is okay for them to take a stand for their beliefs. It is okay to explain their thoughts and reasons. And that it is important that we keep this fundamental right near and dear to our hearts—lest we forget.

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