The nation has watched carefully as dedicated athletes powered through the first week of competition at the 2012 Olympics.
A prime example of this transition to Olympic glory is Gabby Douglas, the 16-year-old gymnast who edged out tough competition to win gold in the all-around competition after helping bring home a gold for Team USA just a few nights before.
Although by now you’re familiar with her name and brilliant work, you may not have known that Gabby is a proud military kid. Gabby’s father, a Staff Sargent with the Air National Guard, has faced three deployments since 2003.
One of the most difficult aspects of parenting a military child is dealing with the potentially negative stereotypes children will be saddled with as a “military brat.” With the Month of the Military Child just behind us, wanted to take a minute to discuss ways to help children better understand and accept the military as a part of their lives.
Even though children are vulnerable targets for military stereotyping, families can work together to raise the youngest members of the community’s self esteem to take criticism in stride and be proud of their hard work.
Seeing as April is the month of the military child, I might as well confess: I’m a military brat, born to parents who served in the Air Force. My experience with the lifestyle was short, but I still managed to be conceived in Japan, born in California and had a PCS to Arizona.
The phrase “military brat” never bothered me. In fact, I took pride in it as an indicator of my parents’ service to our country. But that may not be the case for everyone. The word “brat” may confuse some on the surface and requires a deeper look. See More