Oh Canada! Our home and…blah blah blah. #YMCCommunity

Driving along in the family car and a favourite song pops up on the radio. Everyone The kids starts singing along at the top of their lungs and dancing in their seats, and Mom and Dad have a good laugh. Next time I must take some video footage to use against them in the future 😉

We go shopping and another familiar song is heard over the speakers in the store. Singing ensues and possibly a little booty shaking. No, I’m not afraid to get my groove on in public when I’m out and about with the kids.

A movie, that we’ve the kids have watched a zillion times, finishes and the dancey dance starts as the credits roll.

The national anthem begins to play and the kids stand there with the look of a young cow at a new gate. Blank stareWhy haven’t we taught our kids “O Canada”?

We don’t go to sporting events, so I suppose it’s never occurred to us to sing it with them. I remember when I was a kid in elementary school, every morning before we started class, we’d sing the anthem. My parents didn’t teach it to me.

Do your kids know the words to their favourite songs better than the national anthem?

Just in case you aren’t familiar with the lyrics or you’d like to teach your kids, here they are:


O Canada! Our home and native land

True patriot love in all thy sons command.

With glowing hearts we see thee rise The true north, strong and free

From far and wide, O Canada We stand on guard for thee.

God keep our land glorious and free

O Canada! We stand on guard for thee

O Canada! We stand on guard for thee.