5 Tips for introducing remembrance to your children: We are at that time of year when we see widows, serving members of the armed forces, ex serving members of the armed forces and other volunteers all over the land selling poppies.
1) Talk To Them
Easier said than done depending on their age, however I was impressed with how much Oliver took in when I explained to him why we were buying a poppy. We all know our own children and how we should pitch our conversation to them, there is no set script. The only advice I would give is to be open and honest and not afraid to refer to death. Our children are often cleverer than we give them credit for. I explained to Oliver: ‘ You know when soldiers go to war? sometimes the soldiers don’t come home. That is sad, but we can remember them by wearing a poppy’ Pretty sure he took it in.
2) Watch This Video!
Debuting 2016 the short film made by Cbeebies is an excellent introduction to remembrance and The Poppy Appeal Clever because it tactfully shows the devastation of war without using humans. It also shows why the Poppy is key to The Poppy Appeal
3) Buy a Poppy For Them
The Poppy Appeal has come along way since The British legion adopted the poppy as the official symbol of remembrance in 1921. Poppy sellers can often be found with many different types of poppies. In fact there are now products for all the family!
Pin badges and paper poppies for mum and dad
Rubber Charity Bands for Teenagers:
Zipper attachments for younger children and toddlers:
There are many many more just keep an eye out at your local shopping center or place of work!
4) Poppy Arts and Crafts
We love any arts and crafts and have been looking for fun activities to assist with remembrance. There are plenty of resources on the internet, here are a few that we may be using:
5) Attend a Remembrance Sunday Parade
No doubt that there will be a local parade near you. Attending and Seeing wreaths being laid may provoke questions, if this happens go back to number 1! Seeing how different people remember is important to discovering what remembrance is all about. Having spectated and been a part of such parades as a scout, I feel a part of something bigger. How we as a nation keep remembrance day alive is incredible .
In conclusion unfortunately as the years pass survivors of WWI and WWII are becoming less and less. This is why it is so important we support the work of The British Legion Poppy Appeal in educating the next generation that remembrance is about ALL wars and ALL soldiers, survivors as well as the ones that didn’t come home.