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Patriotism can be a tricky topic. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with being proud of the country in which you live, but some people take things to extremes. Unfortunately, those actions have led many individuals to equate patriotism with having undesirable traits. The founding fathers sought to instill this in the mind of the American people when our country was formed. If you are a parent, it’s important to teach your child to love the country in which they live. It is just as important, though, to teach them to respect other cultures. However, there are a few steps you can take to aid you in this process.

Be Open and Respectful

One of the best ways to instill patriotism that is not disrespectful is to practice it yourself and be the example. Expose your children to other cultures, and then invite them to make comparisons to their own. Let your children experience the full breadth of the culture in which they live, participating in cultural events and meeting people who might not share their beliefs. At the same time, be respectful to your own history – participate in patriotic holidays and honor the sacrifice of those who died for the country. This will help your child understand that patriotism doesn’t mean to avoid interacting with people who are different than them.  True patriotism is the exact opposite, in fact.

Learn History

A good sense of history is a necessity for those who want to appreciate cultures around the world. Take some time to visit the historical landmarks near your own home, and make trips out to see other important spots. If your children have questions about certain events in your own country, be sure to study a bit so you can help them understand the answers. Those who pursue a master’s degree in history online, for example, are much better suited to telling their kids about the history of the world around them than parents who won’t lift a finger to find out the real answers.

Answer the Hard Questions

Finally, be willing to answer the tough questions about patriotism and other cultures. Don’t shy away from the darker side of history, but let your children know that all good things require sacrifice and progress. Healthy patriotism means understanding that what makes your country great doesn’t mean that it’s also perfect – and that other cultures can be great, too.

You can strike a great balance between patriotism and being open to other cultures at the same time. Teach your children to love their country while loving all the people who live within it. Patriotism should have nothing to do with hating or fearing others – rather, it should come from a love of the place where your children live.

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Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn’t on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Rachelle recommends looking into a master’s degree in history online for those history buffs out there. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @RachelleWilber; https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009221637700

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