- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Myrna Blyth, former editor in chief of Ladies’ Home Journal, will tell an audience of women tomorrow that it is more important than ever before to raise children who are proud to be American.

“These are the kids who have to keep fighting the war on terror and face the economic challenge of China and India,” said Mrs. Blyth, who will address the Conservative Women’s Network luncheon tomorrow at the Heritage Foundation.

“Our enemies are spending a lot of resources indoctrinating their kids. I’m not saying we should indoctrinate ours, but we should just talk to them,” said Mrs. Blyth, whose new book, “How to Raise an American: 1776 Fun and Easy Tools, Tips and Activities to Help Your Child Love This Country,” offers ideas for dinner-table debates to promote patriotism.

“Arguing is OK,” she said. “It’s the American way.”

A poll by the Winston Group, based in the District, showed that 70 percent of Americans think children are growing up less patriotic today than in earlier generations.

Mrs. Blyth says the lack of patriotism among children is a result of the “constant America bashing” in the press and modern music as well as a lack of historical education.

“Most kids learn a year or two of history at school and can go through our best colleges without ever learning American history,” she says. “We need to get them interested in history and not leave out the heroes. They need to understand that there were great people in America’s history. Kids need to see their part in America’s story.”

Her new book, co-authored by former chief White House speechwriter Chriss Winston, is “a red, white and blue grab bag to help parents do what they want to do: keep their kids proud Americans,” she said.

The book suggests patriotic visits in every state, historic sites and ways to celebrate national holidays, which Mrs. Blyth says children too often perceive as little more than a chance to miss school.

“We know how busy parents are. We are there to do the legwork that enables parents to celebrate being an American because it’s hard to raise an American today,” she said.

The Conservative Women’s Network luncheon is sponsored by the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute.

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