Military life is an adjustment for the entire family. It can sometimes be difficult for your military child to adjust to military life with the constant moving, parent(s) deploying, friends moving, making new friends, etc.
Adjusting to military life can be a whirlwind for kids. This is true no matter if your child was born into military life or the military member joins years after the child is born.
As your military child gets older, their emotions and opinions about military life may change. It is important to be aware of this, be there for them and have some resources in your back pocket if needed.
Changing schools may affect a child’s education. They may need a little help to get them back on track. Maintaining open communication with teachers is a must. But if you find that your military child needs extra help, consider a tutor.
Tutor.com is FREE for military families. Funded by the U.S. Department of Defense and Coast Guard Mutual Assistance. The program provides on-demand, online tutoring and homework help at no cost to eligible service members, civilian personnel, and their dependents. Tutors are available 24/7.
Military Children Education Coalition (MCEC)
Starting a new school can be scary. S2S and eS2S are programs that bring students together to welcome new students, create a positive environment, support academic excellence, and ease transitions.
Military Children Education Coalition’s mission is to ensure inclusive, quality educational opportunities for all military-connected children affected by mobility, transition, deployments, and family separation. They offer student-led, peer to peer mentoring programs for children K-12.
Military Kids Connect
Military kids can make connections with other military kids before arriving at their new duty station.
Military Kids Connect is an online community for military children ages 6-17. They provide access to age-appropriate resources to support children dealing with the unique psychological challenges of military life. You will find informative activities, helpful videos, and an online community that can build and reinforce understanding, resilience, and coping skills in military children.
United Through Reading
With deployments and long work hours, kids may miss mommy or daddy. Being able to hear their favorite bedtime story can help ease their stress of not having a parent around. Record a video of you reading your child’s favorite book and let them enjoy seeing you at any time they need to hear your voice.
United Through Reading unites military families facing physical separation by facilitating the bonding experience of reading aloud. United Through Reading (UTR) serves the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, National Guard, Reserves, and Special Operations Forces for all types of separation including deployment, drill weekends, and duty nights. They also serve non-custodial parents, geo-bachelors, and the wounded, ill, and injured at medical facilities.
Your base MWR Office
Being connected with other military kids can help a child adjust to military life. Sports, activities, summer camps, youth, and teen centers are all great ways to build these connections.
Each branch of the United States Armed Forces has a Morale, Welfare, and Recreation office. MWR is a network of support and leisure services designed for use by U.S. service members (active, Reserve, and Guard), their families, military retirees, veterans with a 100 percent service-connected disability, current and retired DoD civilian employees, and other eligible participants.
Sesame Street For Military Families
Do you need ideas on how to make special days such as birthdays special even through a PCS or deployment or tools to help you talk about how your child is feeling through their current situation?
Sesame Street for Military Families is a free, bilingual (English and Spanish) website where families can find information and multimedia resources on the topics of military deployments, multiple deployments, homecomings, injuries, grief, and self-expression.
Blue Star Families
To help your military child adjust to military life, you as the parent must also have resources available to you. Adjusting to military life becomes teamwork. Blue Star Families has resources available to help the entire family.
Blue Star Families offer a wide variety of programs that enhance family life, help spouses find jobs, provide caregivers with essential peer support, and connect families with their civilian neighbors to build strong communities.