What’s The Scenario: The Importance of Telling Your Child The Truth About Thanksgiving

The first Thanksgiving 1621 by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris, 1863-1930, artist. Published by the Foundation Press, Inc., c1932. photomechanical print halftone, colour. Pilgrims and Natives gather to share meal. (Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images)

It’s disgraceful, but the true origins of most holidays we celebrate in this country have been hidden from us and replaced with more plausible fables that are easier to digest. If you combine that with all the other untruth’s that have been propagated about people and places in history, specifically the history of the melanated population, then you’re left with a lot to unpack.

While there is absolutely nothing wrong with enjoying a delicious meal with family and friends, it also can be an appropriate time to ensure your children are clear on how to separate truth from falsehoods. It’s our job as parents to combat some of these narratives by providing an honest perspective to our children that’s based around the truth, not opinion or emotion.

Questioning what we know to be true, refusing to merely accept things at face value, are good qualities to teach our children. Allowing the public-school system, the media, or T.V shows to provide the only source of information our children receive is not only counterproductive but ultimately it will cause a negative effect on the entire community.

Check out this article I wrote last year about the origins of Thanksgiving:

The Treaty of Granada: A Brief Look At The Moors Involvement In The Creation of Thanksgiving

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