Championing Your Military Child: How to Advocate for their Success and Mental Health

Posted by Venée M. Hummel, LCSW on Jun 10, 2019 12:45:12 PM

The role of an advocate is to support, speak on behalf of, promote, protect, and champion. Children, even if they are nearing legal age, require a champion in their corner (and the more the merrier). This is especially true when a mental health struggle is present. For military children, given their unique experience, a caregiver who takes on the role of champion plays an important part in promoting the overall well-being of a child, including their mental health.

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Topics: Military Families

4 Reasons Why Military Moms are True Superheroes

Posted by Vanessa Jacoby, PhD on May 9, 2019 4:18:39 PM

As Mother’s Day approaches, I would like to take the opportunity to shine a light on military moms. You are all truly amazing, and here are some reasons why.

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Topics: Inspiration, Military Families

The Month of the Military Child: Strength, Resilience, and Challenges for the Youth of Our Service Members

Posted by Venée M. Hummel, LCSW on Apr 12, 2019 8:00:00 AM

“We are the children of warriors. And although it was initially a role not of our choosing, it is a role perpetuated by many of us with pride … It is an attitude, a way of being.” (Wertsch, 1991, p. 350)

April is the Month of the Military Child, with purple ribbons signifying support and gratitude to the young family members who sacrifice alongside their military moms and dads. There are nearly two million U.S. military-connected children and adolescents living at home and abroad for overseas assignments. Unlike the careers of many civilians, service in the Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marines affects all aspects of life and has great implications on each family member. For the military child, the lifestyle presents with many opportunities for strength-building and has potential to also create unique challenges.

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Topics: Military Families, Mental Health Wellness

Supporting Your Child During a Military-Related Separation

Posted by Vanessa Jacoby, PhD on Mar 26, 2019 10:12:09 AM

Between deployments, TDYs, training in the field, and preparing for missions at training centers, frequent separations are a common reality for military families. This can mean a lot of change and disruption that is stressful for everyone, especially your children. Yet even through transition and separation, there are things you can do to before the separation and during to reduce stress and promote well-being for everyone in your family.

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Topics: Military Families

Promoting Military Family Resilience Through Self-Care

Posted by Venée M. Hummel, LCSW on Feb 13, 2019 2:16:00 PM

Resilience is a word that military families hear often, so often that it may just sound like a modern buzzword tossed out at briefings and townhall meetings. While the term speaks to toughness, the more important meaning is the ability to bounce back, recover, and be flexible. Unfortunately, the latter often gets lost. As both a mental health professional within the military community and a member of the community personally, I too have had my moments of cringing at what seems like the overuse of “resiliency.” And then I met a military family who helped refresh this term for me.

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Topics: Military Families, Mental Health Wellness, Self-Care

5 Healthy Habits to Promote Mental Wellness for Military Families

Posted by Vanessa Jacoby, PhD on Jan 9, 2019 10:49:01 AM

It’s a new year, and that means it’s a perfect time to reflect on our habits and goals for ourselves and our family – especially around mental wellness for your family.  I encourage you to take some time to reflect on how your family is doing in these five areas below. Take note of any areas where you would like to grow, and decide on some small steps your family could take to make those changes happen.

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Topics: Military Families

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