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Upfront Communication Can Help Ease the Fears of Military Children

Posted by Annette Crawford on Aug 9, 2018 11:42:00 AM

 

With the overabundance of media outlets today, many adults have difficulty discerning the line between reality and fantasy, so it should come as no surprise when children experience these same feelings. And when the images show a nonstop barrage of war, shutdowns, terrorism and violence, a military child can experience anxiety, fear and confusion. They may not know that person in uniform on TV, but it’s someone who looks like Mom or Dad.

Military parents can help allay those negative feelings by talking to their children and validating their very real concerns.

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Topics: Advocacy, Getting Support, Military Families, Mental Health Wellness

A Strong Support System Reaps Big Rewards for Military Kids

Posted by Annette Crawford on Jul 13, 2018 11:00:00 AM

Military kid - smallLong before the African proverb “It takes a village to raise a child” found its way into American culture, military parents knew that raising their children in a safe and nurturing environment was a community effort. Being a military child brings with it inherent challenges and rewards; a strong support system within the military culture can ensure the rewards outweigh the challenges.

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Topics: Getting Support, Military Families

Relocation, Relocation, Relocation: Planning Ahead Helps kids Deal with Moving Stressors

Posted by Annette Crawford on Mar 8, 2018 1:06:40 PM

The military move. Inevitable and exciting? Yes. Stressful? Not necessarily. With planning and communication, a military move can be something children – and parents – look forward to and not dread.

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Topics: Getting Support, Military Families, School Issues

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