11 Posts by: "Vanessa Jacoby Phd"



In Honor Of Military And Veteran Families: Talking With Children About Military Service

In Honor Of Military And Veteran Families: Talking With Children About Military Service

Veterans Day is a time to step back and honor those who have served or are currently serving our country. It’s a day to reflect on how the service and sacrifice of others have paved the way for the freedoms and opportunities that we enjoy.
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Understanding Secondary Trauma Stress – A Guide for Families

Understanding Secondary Trauma Stress – A Guide for Families

When a child is injured or traumatized in some way, it’s not unusual for the parents to also experience some emotional impact from the trauma. This is called secondary traumatic stress (STS).
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4 Reasons Why Military Moms are True Superheroes

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.1.…
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Supporting Your Child During a Military-Related Separation

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…
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5 Healthy Habits to Promote Mental Wellness for Military Families

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.…
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Parenting Through Winter Break And Starting the New Year Strong

The end of the year is approaching, which means we are already halfway through the school year. Holiday parties, special religious celebrations and services, snow days,…
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Four common challenges that military kids face … and what parents can do to help

If you grew up in a military family, you know that many of the challenges you faced were different than those of your civilian friends. While there are
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5 Common Myths about Child Mental Illness that Could Keep Parents from Seeking Help

5 Common Myths about Child Mental Illness that Could Keep Parents from Seeking Help

Due to feelings of shame or misunderstandings about mental illness, some parents fear taking their child in to be diagnosed or “labeled.”
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how to coparent during a deployment

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…
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what does consistency in parenting look like for military families? 

Imagine if you had no idea what would happen in your life from day to day. What if you didn’t know any of the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for your job? What would…
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how to take the best of your military training into the family and leave the rest at the door

For many, being a military service member isn’t just a job. Military service is surrounded by unique culture, values, and lifestyle. Some service members embrace their…
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