Happy April Everyone! It is the month of the Military child where we take 30 days to honor the approx. 1.9 million amazing kids who sacrifice as their parents serve this great country. Military kids truly don’t receive enough credit for their strength and resilience and even less credit is given for the adults that they grow into. Let’s talk about what the Military is doing to our kids and why we are so grateful to be raising our son in the Military. Purple Up!
The Military is Teaching Them Pride
The pride we feel when seeing our spouse in uniform is the same pride our Military kids feel when seeing their mom or dad in uniform. Regardless of how big or small they are, they learn to have pride in the flag, in the uniform and pride for this country. Military kids stand proud to announce that they have a parent who serves this country and the pledge of allegiance means more to them than simple words that we are “supposed” to memorize. I will always remember the excitement my two- year- old has when he sees an Army commercial and yells daddy while clapping and pointing to the TV screen.
The Military is Making Them Resilient
It’s no secret that Military kids are some of the most resilient. They survive PCS moves, being the new kid in school and the hard times while a parent is away from home. Somehow, like a flower in May; they bloom and thrive in this lifestyle they were born into. For them, the Military is a way of life and the only lifestyle they know. They adapt and they grow up being much better because of it. These skills in resiliency teach them how to overcome the obstacles that they may face in the adult world. They know much better than most how to connect and make a place for themselves in this world.
The Military is Giving them a Sense of Responsibility
Most Military parents instill a sense of structure and responsibility in their kids. They teach their children to be responsible not only for their own actions but the actions of their peers as well. They responsibly look out for each other and stick together during a time of need. Military kids are growing into responsible and productive citizens who are contributing to this world in a positive way.
The Military is making them Cultured and Globally Minded
Military kids are blessed to grow up in all corners of this earth. This not only makes them well traveled but truly conscious and tolerant towards other cultures and ethnicities. They not only have respect and pride for their own country but also for the countries that they hold temporary residence. The military has immersed them in cultures that other children only read about in textbooks. This sense of diversity carries with them well into their adult lives and they are more likely to pass those values down to their children as well.
The Military is Bringing Families Closer Together
Although most people believe that the Military pulls families apart (which the distance sometimes does) it also has an awesome way of bringing them closer together. Military children have an overwhelming sense of compassion and unity toward their families and one another. When the whole family has time together, military kids know to appreciate it because they never know the next time the opportunity will be taken away. The same is true when their serving parent is away. Military kids rally around to support the parent that they have at home, stepping up to make it easier on their circumstance filled single parent household.
It is said that Military Kids are much like dandelions because it’s seeds can be scattered with the wind and put down roots anywhere. I believe that Military kids are some of the most amazing little humans and they deserve to be celebrated all year long! What has the military done to your children?
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