I am considering buying some picture books for kids that deal with trauma, and there is one that is suitable to read to kids when they hear about terrorism. I've seen TV interviews with experts on this topic (straight after some terrorism has occurred) as parents want to know to tell their kids. Please tell me if you're interested in hearing more about these books.
Some ways we as parents can teach our kids about why we remember the Australians who have fought in wars are:
* visit a war memorial
* attend a service on ANZAC Day. If it difficult to attend a dawn service, look for one starting later in the morning, or even the night before.
* teach them what the initials A.N.Z.A.C. stand for
* read a story book about ANZAC Day
* show any family mementos or medals to your kids and tell them the story about them
* bake some ANZAC biscuits!
* Camp out at Camp Gallipoli in your Australian city
* Your city has some unique ways - Perth has a fun run, visit Nomanslanding and the Poppy Wall in Sydney, and see an ANZAC Tramway exhibition in Melbourne. Attend an ANZAC picnic in Brisbane, and in Canberra there is Story Time at the War Memorial.
We've attended many ANZAC services in the past, before and after our oldest was born. Now that he's older and has been learning the National Anthem at school, so he is now able to sing along with us.
Volunteers usually hand out some sprigs of Rosemary. One year we stuck the sprigs in the garden and one grew into a plant! Did you know that Rosemary grows wild on the Gallipoli Peninsula?
As for our plans this year, I'll be keeping an eye out for the time of the mid-morning ceremony at our local war memorial (much easier with two young kids).
What are you doing this ANZAC Day? Anyone going to Gallipoli or France?