April is the Month of the Military Child, and for good reason.
Children who are raised in military families show resilience, are interesting, and are children of the world in a way that others can only dream of. Military children also deal with stressors unique to their culture. Through deployments and reintegration, moves related to permanent change of station (PCS), and as you work your way through the adjustment from military to civilian life, your children are often watching you to understand how to handle these changes.
So this month, we celebrate the resilience of military children while at the same time remembering our role in supporting them!
Anna Goletz, Clinic Services Manager for Centerstone’s Military Services, lists four ways to support and take care of military children. Helping our children internalize these messages will help them build on the resiliency they already have:
Our military children are often forced to endure so many unique challenges, yet with those obstacles comes the opportunity to ensure we instill in them the tools to grow into strong, resilient adults. These four tips are a valuable start to that end. As parents, we have a vital role in their development, so perhaps we start here. Perhaps we focus on one area at a time, put these tips into practice and watch our children thrive.
If you are in a military family and find yourself in need of extra support, Centerstone is here to help. Call us at 1-877-HOPE123 (877-467-3123) to get connected with care. For more information about how Centerstone helps those affiliated with the military, check out our Military Services page.
If you are in crisis, please call our crisis line, call 911 or visit the nearest emergency room.
If you're still having trouble and would like to reach out to someone about counseling or other Centerstone services, contact us.
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