Military Children Challenges
Military children challenges can be quite overwhelming at times. Depending on what branch of the military that their parent or parents are in, they might be required to move every few years, or experience other difficult issues such as the parent being deployed for long periods of time. Whether older or younger, having the ability to deal with the various issues surrounding a military lifestyle can be challenging without the proper support, care and love. The good news is that there are various methods, discussions and strategies that we can employ to help children overcome these challenges!
Let’s take a look at some of the more significant challenges:
One of the most difficult situations to comprehend as a child is a parent or both parents being required to be deployed to a different part of the country or a different part of the globe in relation to their home. Not having direct access to a parent can be very difficult to process, as children will want to know and understand why their mother or father is inaccessible.
There are some ways to help alleviate the sting of the distance, and you can consider these options:
- Take time before the deployment to sit down with your child or children, and discuss what the parent is being required to do, why and where they will be going. Take a look with all of them on a map, so that they can get comfortable with the location and the geography. Turn it into a game, where they may get quizzed on the neighboring countries where the parent will be deployed.
- Set time apart to sit down with your children to answer any questions they may have. It would be a great time to explain to them the purpose of your job, your role, why they don’t need to worry about you being gone, as well as alleviating any potential fears that they may have.
- Plan some family events together to spend as much time bonding as possible before leaving! Take photos, take videos and share them with your family so that they can remember all of the memories you made before leaving.
- One excellent thing about the advancement of technology, has been the able to instantaneously connect almost anywhere across the globe. Social media such as Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat have become pioneers in digital connectivity, while platforms such as Skype provide us with the ability to see and talk to each other in real-time.
One method you can consider, if your schedule allows it, is to set aside a specific time or day each week, or multiple times per week to speak with your child or children via Skype or Facetime (if you happen to use Apple devices). This contact can help alleviate the great distance and provide a feeling of closeness that would not be possible otherwise.
However, keep in mind that despite your best efforts, there may still be times where your child struggles with the entire situation. There may even be developments of mental or behavioral health issues at times, such as experiencing significant depression, or anxiety. Investing in mental health services beforehand can be a very useful tool, and Peak View Behavioral Health offers the opportunity to discuss the situation with a mental health expert. It could end up providing a significant benefit for your family, as we have the tools, resources and most importantly, a desire to make our clients feel as secure and cared for as possible.
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