Friday, September 13, 2013
**Share Infographic**Military Families and how it affects kids**
April is Military Child Month and even though we have passed April its still something that these military children deal with on a daily basis.
My father was in the Army back in the 60's and he had gone to war but I was not born until 1971 and by that time Vietnam was just a memory(not mine). We didn't live on a base we lived in a small city
nestled in between other families just like mine. I can't imagine what it would be like to move repeatedly and not have the ability to make a home a home.
Imagine the repeated moves and the inability to make lasting friendships with your peers. A child moves 6-9 times in their educational career?? The amount of time and the unknown time of when they will be asked to move from one base to another affects the kids school work and the ability to keep up at the next school, as we know all schools teach at different paces. Don't think these kids have it easy, since they are dropping in anytime of a school year it leaves them open for ridicule by peers and teachers equally. Imagine the constant uprooting going to new schools, new stores and lots of new people. It can't be easy on the child as it isn't easy on the adults, you have to be careful where you transplant the family as this is where their family will be spending some days, so plenty of researching goes into family placement.
Deployment is always a possibility as well so that is something that these children face, the idea of the parent being gone and the possibility of them not returning or coming back different than they left. It is very important to discuss with your family what is behind Deployment and an awesome handbook you can find here.
Kids!! There is a website for you with kids in the same situation being in the military and constantly on the move. Operation Military Kids is the U.S. Army's collaborative effort with America's communities to support children and youth impacted by deployment. Regardless of whether Families are experiencing deployment for the first time, the second time or another in a series of multiple deployments, OMK’s goal is to connect military children and youth with local resources in order to achieve a sense of community support and enhance their well-being.
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Feel free to leave a comment about how military changed your life in my comment section:)