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 reintegrations, moves related to 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!
Dr. Kenneth Ginsberg names 7 C’s for building Resiliency. 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 seven C’s and the tips that follow are a valuable start to that end. As parents, we have an vital role in that end so perhaps we start here. Perhaps we focus on one characteristic a week, put these tips into practice and watch our children thrive.
Cohen Military Family Clinic