Parents and children benefit from forging strong connections with each other, but military families can face unique challenges in building and maintaining these relationships. Deployments, permanent change of station (PCS) moves, school transitions, and dealing with separation or divorce can all affect the bonds military parents have with their kids.
STRATEGIES FOR BUILDING STRONG CONNECTIONS
Whether you are a first-time parent with many questions, adjusting to parenting two children, or have a feisty toddler who demands independence, building up your parenting skills to build those strong connections doesn’t have to be difficult. Reach out to your local New Parent Support Program (NPSP) for assistance. NPSP has staff members able to help in various areas, including understanding child development, promoting nurturing and attachment, increasing positive parenting skills, promoting social connections, and ensuring that families know where they can go for assistance. All of these can be used to build strong relationships that will withstand the various challenges of being a military family.
Knowing how to respond to transitions can help military kids thrive during the uncertainties that transitions bring.
Separations from loved ones are part of the job when you are a Marine. They are hard on everyone and can be especially challenging for children. Below are some tips to help you stay connected to your child, your young siblings, or any other children who are important to you.
Strong communities strengthen families. Everyone in the Marine Corps community plays a role in fostering strong families and keeping kids safe.