April is the month of the military child, and we at Military Spouse Central can’t help but be excited. After all, there’s very few opportunities to honor our military children.
These kids face countless challenges, and it’s hard to not be amazed at their ability to adapt and soldier on, through thick and thin. Their resiliency and strength makes them pretty super in our eyes, and we’re guessing you feel the same way too. See More
A lot of focus is placed on the difficulty associated with military families transferring schools during a PCS or deployment, but the military community faces problems with school bureaucracy at other times as well. Not every school district is lax with rules and regulations, and spending time with a parent they don’t often see because of deployment can make their grades suffer.
A new bill proposed in Texas is hoping to relax the rules a bit for the unique situations military families experience. Will it work?
Imagine your child turns 18 and can’t wait to open their first credit card. They want to take that huge leap toward adulthood, but the bank rejects their application, citing 10 years’ worth of bad credit, including a delinquent mortgage, a repossessed car and other financial problems. How is that even possible? How did identity thieves get their hands on your child’s personal information?
Minors are often more vulnerable to identity theft—especially Social Security number-related theft—because parents don’t expect their children to be victimized. And since creditors cannot verify age of the applicant based on a Social Security number, thieves can simply provide a fake name and a fake age to go with the number and start on a clean slate.
So what’s a parent to do?
“Military children are resilient, there’s no doubt about it, but they’re not invulnerable,” said Dr. (Lt. Col.) Keith Lemmon, chief of the Division of Adolescent Medicine, Madigan Army Medical Center Department of Pediatrics.
Parent deployments, frequent moves, a new school every few years, a constant rotation of friends, and, most of all, the threat of a parent being killed in combat — these are the situations the military child has to encounter and most non-military children don’t ever have to worry about. These facts of military life make them more prone to stress and anxiety, but military children are also found to be quite resilient in the face of those demanding pressures.
Looking for the perfect present for the military child in your life this holiday season? Check out one of these great books, written specifically for military children and their unique experiences growing up.
Many of the books written for military children deal with the stresses of deployment and the resultant separation from a parent. Other books talk about frequent relocations, what happens when a parent comes home and the many honors and traditions that come with being part of a military family.
The books we’ve chosen are mostly geared toward younger children, but there are also some excellent resources out there for teenagers and adult family members who are left behind.
There’s countless holiday traditions that families enjoy together, but perhaps none as creative (or adorable) as Elf on a Shelf. Recently, Elf on the Shelf has been gaining popularity as a new tradition in many more homes.
According to tradition, this mischievous elf comes out every year before Christmas and checks in on little children on behalf of Santa Claus. While this elf visits your home, he comes alive at night and tends to get into a little bit of trouble. See More
Halloween has come and gone. Though your costume is in storage once again and your face paint has been washed off, you and your kids still have an influx of sweets.
And although your inner child may hate to admit it, Halloween candy overload does exist. If it’s mid-November and the afterglow of your sugary haul is long gone, check out these ideas for getting rid of it creatively.