Revealing the Secrets of Successful Military Parents
08/29/2016 Published by: Amy Soupene
Raising children, there’s nothing like it. You never really have it all figured out, there’s always something new to learn. Or a humbling experience to force you to learn. Just when you think you’ve got it, your children are off on a new phase and you have to catch up.
Books, magazines, and websites are devoted to sharing best practices. Many adult friendships are formed because their children are friends. Having a friend that is dealing with the same stages is so helpful.
It’s even better if there’s a friend that has already weathered whatever storm you’re facing. It's reassuring to hear that you are not alone and then to receive helpful advice on how to handle your circumstances.
Sharing knowledge to help others is a hallmark of military life. Being a military parent encompasses all the normal challenges and a bunch of unique ones thrown in. Try PCSing 6-9 times anywhere in the world during your child’s school career, now that requires fortitude. And those moves don’t always happen during the summer or even the winter break. Whenever the orders come through, that’s when you move.
But this isn’t new, this is the way it’s always been. Lots of families thrive and their children excel despite multiple PCS’s. Wouldn’t you love to know their secret? Do they have access to resources you don’t? What have they learned along the way?
The MCEC created the Parent to Parent program to help parents and their children transition smoothly, no matter how many times they move.
The MCEC has observed, researched, and recorded all they have learned. What do military families struggle with and how do they overcome? What professionals are out there that can lend their knowledge and expertise in this area? What practices can we teach others in order to give the greatest benefit?
The Parent to Parent program shares a multitude of resources with parents who want to learn. When parents participate in a Parent to Parent workshop they learn how to be the most effective advocate in their child’s life.
The Parent to Parent program has assisted more than 194,000 parents since its inception in 2006. Touching that many lives encourages us as we fulfill our mission “to ensure inclusive, quality educational opportunities for all military and veteran-connected children affected by mobility, transition, and family separation.”
Offering our resources requires a commitment of both time and money. Would you please consider joining us in supporting our military children and their families? A small donation can have huge returns in a military family’s life.
Thank you so much,
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