Sorry other countries, it’s true.
Whether your kids are first generation Aussies, soon-to-be-citizens or descended from Ned Kelly there is nothing prouder than an Aussie kid.
It’s time to celebrate just what makes it great to be a child of our nation.
1. The national anthem includes the words “Australians all let us meet Joyce, For she is young and free” and “Our land is dirt by sea”. And they will get to sing it once a week while baking their behinds on the searing asphalt of their school playground.
2. Coffee addiction starts at an early age with a babychino licked from a spoon while mum guzzles a latte.
3. Our national dish can be served on toast or to flavour an ice-cream (Vegemite gelato anyone?). It can even be added to spaghetti, casserole or couscous.
4. They will develop a taste for laksa and dhal before they are two. Takeaway night will more likely be Thai, Indian or Malaysian than junk from a fast food chain.
5. They learn psychological warfare in sport at an early age (AKA sledging). But importantly they will also learn that sledging has rules, that you can take the piss out of someone but never can you slag their their beliefs, family life, sexual orientation, race or religion. Hair colour though is fair game.
6. Our national game can be played in the backyard. The wicket is a garbage bin, chair or a couple of sticks and the rules can re-written as often as they like.
7. Hamburgers come with the lot: pineapple, beetroot and fried eggs. And chips come with chicken salt.
8. School excursions are to the beach. And inevitably it will be a stinker and some of the kids from kindy will jump on the year three’s sandcastles causing an outbreak of World War Three that’s easily resolved when the teachers bury the Year 3’s up to their necks.
9. They will get to visit Healthy Harold. A talking giraffe teaching kids about drugs in a dimly lit van. As Aussie as it gets.