How Military Parents Miss the Warning Signs of Mental Illness in their Kids

Posted by Carol Pearson on Sep 27, 2018 4:51:47 PM

How Military Parents Miss the Warning Signs of Mental Illness in their Kids

“I can’t believe I didn’t see this sooner.”

It’s an agonizing moment when you realize your child is possibly dealing with a mental illness. You’re a good parent, you care about your kids, and yet somehow in the midst of your busy military family life, you missed the signs.

According to Jill Palmer, Clinic Director at the Steven A. Cohen Military Family Clinic at Endeavors in San Antonio, you’re not alone. Military families face enormous stress with moving every few years, starting new schools, adapting to new communities and everything that comes with military life. And this stress makes it easy to miss the signs of an underlying mental illness.

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Topics: Getting Support, Military Families, School Issues, Mental Health Wellness

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

Long 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

how to coparent during a deployment

Posted by Vanessa Jacoby, PhD on Jan 26, 2018 11:35:21 AM

Coparenting, or the coordination between parents as they work together to raise a child, is hard work. Staying consistent, attuned, and effective as a team is a challenge for any family. For military families, separations due to trainings and deployments add to that challenge.

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Topics: Military Families

preparing a child for a parent’s deployment

Posted by Venée M. Hummel, LCSW on Jan 26, 2018 11:34:14 AM

There are some common ideas that parents have around deployments and their children. Some believe that the little ones won’t even realize that Mom/Dad left; or since they do not have a concrete concept of time, there isn’t a reason to tell them in advance. For older children and adolescents, some parents may think that the kids just needs to be informed and don’t require any other preparation.

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Topics: Military Families

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