As we approach Veteran's Day, it is a good time to take a moment and consider how our community can assist, say thank you or just be aware of how different the lifestyles are of these families. These differences don't just impact the moms and dads - they, of course, impact the child too. I believe, at times, we forget how diverse the standard daily operation is for a military family. It would behoove us all to keep the things these children are experiencing and have ways to consider their feelings and behavior in the context of their lives at home. Here are some resources that can help us do that! For parents and child care providers - resources to help us all remember that children are feeling the brunt of their parents choice to protect and serve us.
Resources include ways for parents to seek providers who service military families, webinars, reading materials and more to help us understand and provide tools so we can best care for children in these unique situations. There are a couple of links to some Facebook pages to get continuous materials and resources. Sesame Street Toolkit and Military Family Learning Network have a lot to look at and learn from. The Zero to Three, has materials specifically for veteran families as well.
We should shake the child's hand and say thank you too.