Oooh la la.
Of all the things I worried about, the pledge of allegiance was not one of them.
Both of my children want to opt out of that ritual. Declan thinks that the "under God" part is "not good".
We are not a religios family, as in consistently going to church. I would say we are spirtual. But, my son feels a deep connection to both God and Jesus. He said, about the pledge, that "God rocks, and should not be in with the flag or anything because he has really important things to do."
My daughter, true to form, feels that the pledge is part of the on-going brainwashing that occurs in school and does not want to (her words) "engage in anything that takes away from her individuality."
Separately, each child has approached me about this pledge of allegiance.
My son, once he realized after some discussion, that "under God" meant God was MORE important than the flag, said he would keep pledging.
Ella is just going to mouth the words and not say them out loud.