Who They Are, Where They’ve Been, and What They’ve Done
On average, military children move 7-8 times by the time they turn 18. These transitions affect children emotionally, academically, and socially. Because of this, children of service members are also more likely to have mental health issues. These children experience more disruptions in their lives than civilians. It is important for parents and teachers to recognize the difficulties military children endure. The military lifestyle can be hindering to a child’s development. So, it is important for parents to support their children and learn the best ways to ease their struggles.
How to Help
Military children find themselves in uncomfortable circumstances their entire lives. Though these situations cannot be changed, helping military kids cope with them is vital to their mental health. There are many ways people can ease the burdens military children carry. Parents are encouraged to sit down and discuss things like moving or deployments with their children. Teachers are also urged to spend one-on-one time with students from military homes to ensure they are where they need to be mentally and academically. Things like transitions and deployments will have a large impact on kids, but strong family and community support will be a huge help. Military children are encouraged to jump in to the next place they move, and not dwell on the past. The lifestyle of a military child is difficult, so it is important they receive support from those around them wherever they go. For more information on military kids, or how you can help, please see our resources page.