Military Kids on the Move, Again

Child, Youth and School Services at Fort Drum, N.Y., spent months planning special events to show their appreciation to the military children in their community. U.S. Army photo

I was poking around on the website, Military Youth on the Move, checking out tips to help military children deal with circumstances that many of their classmates or friends may never experience. It is an opportunity, even for adults, to understand the military child’s unique experiences. Here are a few things I pulled from the website.

Ever think about what it’s like for military children to move  or PCS (Permanent Change of Station) every few years? Here’s the perspective of an elementary child.

“It’s almost like if you don’t come home the first day at your new school with at least 5 friends you’re going to have to wear a big sign with “Reject” written on it. But it’s not that way at all!!”
Leah, age 9

Imagine being a teenager who has attended 10 different schools. This is from the site’s section of high school students.

“I had a really hard time moving this time. I mean, it’s not like I haven’t moved before, this is like the 10th new school for me. But this time, it was harder to make friends and really hard to leave my old friends. I ended up talking to my counselor about my classes and then I just lost it and told her how I just didn’t think I could do my junior and senior year here. Can you believe they have a support group for military kids at this school because there’s so many of us? We even got training on how to help other kids who move here. Very cool.”
Keisha, age 16

Some of the military children find positives in their mobile lifestyle. This is from the middle school section.

“Skateboarding, snowboarding, surfboarding. In that order. That’s what I did at the last three bases. I’m happy to report that I’m always ‘board.'”
Jeremy, 12

There’s a section just for parents with tips on how to handle another move to how to give yourself a break.

The latest military family information and research will be presented at The 2011 Family Resilience Conference that starts Wednesday (27 April 2011). Many of the will be streamed live here.

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