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Smarter Mom: Celebrate MLK Jr. Day

Posted by on Jan. 17, 2013 at 12:00 AM
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This Monday, we mark the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. For many of us, it's a day off work and a day off for our kids. But it's so much more; King's message of nonviolence, racial harmony and equality is something still needed in our world today.

Here are some ways you can talk with your children about Dr. King's legacy and mark the day in a meaningful way as a family:

If your kids have learned about King in school, talk to them about what you think he would be fighting for now. What causes would he be championing? How do you feel about those causes? How would your lives as a family be different if he never stood up for civil rights?

Be of service to others. One overlooked aspect of King's work is that he fought against poverty. How can you help people less fortunate than you as a family? Some ideas that are kid-friendly include: gathering toiletries for a homeless shelter, donating diapers to a domestic violence shelter, or packing food boxes at a food bank.

Have a family dinner and include foods from other cultures. King's parents required that the children be home for supper, because those family dinner times were an important way to connect and discuss the issues of the day; try doing the same with your own family and see what interesting things your kids have to say.

This post from Family Education suggests a lot of thought-provoking ways to celebrate, including some interesting family discussion starters. The US Consulate's website has a lot of good information about King as well.

Do you intend to mark Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday in some way? How?

Image via Yoichi R. Okamoto/Wikimedia Commons

by on Jan. 17, 2013 at 12:00 AM
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by Ruby Member on Jan. 17, 2013 at 12:20 AM

Not really,
DH still has to work :(

by Sarah on Jan. 17, 2013 at 10:19 AM
No not really
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by Charlene on Jan. 17, 2013 at 10:25 AM

 no, the kids have off school.

by Brian's Lil Vixen on Jan. 17, 2013 at 10:29 AM
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by June on Jan. 17, 2013 at 12:08 PM

It's a normal day around here.  We don't have off school or work.

by Gold Member on Jan. 17, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Nope, we have to work. DD is discussing it in school though

by Sarah on Jan. 17, 2013 at 12:31 PM
I've done a day of service in the past... No plans this year, but I would like to teach DS about Dr King.
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by Platinum Member on Jan. 17, 2013 at 2:22 PM

 we used to talk about it with our son an now that our daughter is in school she gets lots of info and we talk with her and ask her what she thinks.   thanks for the links.

by Mandee on Jan. 17, 2013 at 3:04 PM
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Thanks for the ideas, I will have to think about it. 

by Colleen on Jan. 17, 2013 at 3:07 PM

 No we wont be celebrating

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