U.S. Army 1st Lt. John Sorich, assigned to Alpha Company, 457th Civil Affairs Battalion, 361st Civil Affairs Brigade, 7th Mission Support Command, holds a child from Kudikiu Namai during a Humanitarian Civil Assistance (HCA) project in Sauliai, Lithuania, Aug. 18, 2016. As part of the European Command's (EUCOM) Humanitarian and Civic Assistance Program, the 375th Engineer Company, 457th Civil Affairs Battalion and the Lithuanian military collaborate to renovate the fence at Kudikiu Namai, an orphanage for Lithuanian children up to the age of 6, in Sauliai, Lithuania, August 8-26, 2016. The Humanitarian and Civic Assistance Program is a series of medical and engineering engagements in several European countries in support of strategic, theater, operational and tactical objectives. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Emily Houdershieldt)

MilParent Power Resources

Parenting takes time to master. It requires smarts, skills, attention to detail and support. The good news: there are lots of resources for service members, spouses, survivors and their children. Take advantage of these resources; they can help you boost your parenting and enhance your family’s readiness and resilience. Harness your MilParent Power.

Support for Military Parents and Children

Military OneSource Confidential Help provides confidential non-medical counseling, specialty parenting consultations and other services.

Military and Family Life Counseling Program provides face-to-face, confidential non-medical counseling, briefings and presentations for parents both on and off military installations.

The New Parent Support Program offers home visits, classes, resource materials, playgroups and a network of support for new parents.

Parenting for Service Members is an anonymous, online self-help course from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. It provides military parents with tools and practical advice to help them reconnect with their families after a separation, strengthen relationships with their children and build upon their existing parenting skills.

The Family Advocacy Program works to prevent child abuse and neglect and ensures the safety of abuse victims and recovery of military families.

Additional Parenting Support

To learn more about your child’s developmental stages, and to ensure he or she is meeting important milestones visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Milestones and Early intervention page. You’ll also find lots of tips for using age-appropriate discipline to boost your child’s good behavior.

Just in Time Parenting is a free parenting newsletter designed to deliver information specific to your child’s age and needs directly to your inbox.

Zero to Three works to ensure that babies and toddlers benefit from the early connections that are critical to their well-being and development.

Birth to Five: Watch me Thrive! encourages healthy child development and support for the families and providers who care for them.

Safe to Sleep provides information, materials and tips to ensure parents follow safe sleeping situations and positions for infants and babies.

Podcasts, Multimedia Tools and More

Military OneSource “Ages and Stages Podcast” directs you to resources where you can get concise information about your child’s development to help you know what to expect from every stage.

Military OneSource Sesame Street Products are multimedia outreach resources that leverage the power of the beloved Sesame Street Muppets to tackle difficult subjects such as deployments, divorce and grief.

If you think a child may be at risk of harm or is being neglected, you can report your concerns by reaching out to Military OneSource or the Family Advocacy Program on your installation. You can also contact the Department of Defense Child Abuse and Safety Hotline at 877-790-1197 (OCONUS, call collect 571-372-5348) or the National Child Abuse Hotline at 800-4-A-CHILD (422-4453).